By Theodore M. Vial
The 19th century used to be a interval of excessive spiritual clash throughout Europe, as humans faced the key adjustments introduced by way of modernity. In Zurich, one section of this non secular clash used to be performed out in a fight over revisions to the ritual of baptism. In its research of the Zurich clash, Liturgy Wars deals a method for figuring out the hyperlinks among theology, ritual, and socio-politics. Theodore M. Vial bargains a brand new viewpoint on modern ritual experiences - and opinions the cognivist ways of Lawson and McCauley, in addition to Catherine Bell's research of energy and the physique - via reintergrating the imporatance of speech acts into concerns of formality.
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59 Though children had contributed to their family incomes under the previous cottage industry system, that system allowed for their work to be regulated and supervised by the head of the family. 60 In 1837 the Ruling Council adopted a regulation forbidding the employment of children younger than twelve. This regulation was confirmed and strengthened by a more comprehensive “factory law” passed in 1859 by the Great Council. 61 Children were also banned from night labor, and forbidden to work on Sundays and religious holidays.
The conceptual task in 34 LITURGY WARS determining the adequacy of representations of ideal being to the perception of ideal being itself is to iso late and remove all sensible aspects of the representation. The task for Biedermann in moving representations of God to the conceptual clarity of absolute spirit was to conceive of ideal being in such a way that it is freed from all traces of representation that would lead it to contradict itself. Hegel’s speculative philosophy, Biedermann believed, offered a way of conceiving of ideal being that did not lead to contradiction.
He offers us the chance to examine the way the worldview of the thinkers most closely associated with the political and social upheavals of German speaking countries as they entered modernity (and surely among the Young Hegelians we must include the young Karl Marx) plays itself out in a religious system, specifically the effect of theory on praxis (in this case, on liturgy). Biedermann argued that epistemology has three stages, the latter two of which receive their objects solely from the immediately preceding stage.
Liturgy Wars: Ritual Theory and Protestant Reform in Nineteenth-Century Zurich by Theodore M. Vial