School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses
Wittgenstein and Worship: Investigations of Liturgical Language-Games and Their Formative Role in Christian Identity
Date of Award
Master of Arts in Theology
School of Theology and Seminary
William J. Cahoy
Dr. Don E. Saliers
I argue that the Christian community’s religious language games, particularly liturgical action (theologia prima) and theological reflection (theologia secunda), mutually shape and correct one another. I demonstrate this using Wittgenstein’s philosophical method, adapting his approach to philosophy for theological use. The first part of this essay explains and demonstrates Wittgenstein’s philosophical method. The second part is an application of his method (with my own adaptation of this method for theology) with Christian liturgy as its subject. The third part of this essay discusses ways in which Wittgenstein’s approach might be adapted further in a fruitful way for theological reflection and catechesis.
Weber, Michelle Kathleen, "Wittgenstein and Worship: Investigations of Liturgical Language-Games and Their Formative Role in Christian Identity" (2008). School of Theology and Seminary Graduate Papers/Theses. 21.
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