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Scripture, Tradition, and Ressourcement: Toward an Anglican Fundamental Liturgical Theology

Tyler Sampson

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This essay proposes a fundamental liturgical theology for Anglicans that begins from tradition. Yves Congar claimed that liturgy is “endowed with the genius of Tradition,” but we might also say that tradition is endowed with the genius of liturgy. Beginning from tradition allows an Anglican liturgical theology to hold in balance the tension that liturgy is both historical (contextual) and a locus of revelation. Such a consideration restores a sense of dynamism to both the liturgy and tradition, especially in considering the two as (1) sacramental, (2) rooted in the paschal mystery, and (3) soteriological. This fundamental liturgical theology relies heavily upon the work of the ressourcement theologians of the mid-twentieth century associated with nouvelle théologie, especially Yves Congar. Their method of returning to the sources is consonant within the Anglican theological tradition.

 
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