Although the twentieth century witnessed
a thorough liturgical revival and renewal,
the last ten years exploded in diverse
and conflicting styles, settings, and even
media of corporate worship: traditional
"high-church" liturgies, alternative worship
for small communities, "women church"
services, seeker services at megachurches,
and more. Does this innovation portend a
brave new liturgical world, or is it just
"dumbing down?" For example, do megachurch
services simply revive the old frontier
revival and, in an effort to "reach out,"
accommodate Christianity to the reigning
One of today's most knowledgeable liturgical
theologians and historians contemplates the
future shape of liturgy. He believes that
ritual systemsliturgy—express and
inculcate a worldview, an implicit theology;
and, he fears "lest the community of faith
gain the whole world and lose its soul."
New Creation proposes the lines of a
"Christian culture" or worldview, or way of
life, that can inform liturgical renewal.
Twelve erudite and earnest chapters further
specify this counter-cultural matrix as it
pertains to God, Christ, church, creation,
world, worship, hospitality, culture,
evangelism, prayer, and life itself.