This book is meant to explore those primary realities of man's relation to God which
are expressed by his devotional actions. It presents an enduring study on the nature and
principles of worship and the foremost forms in which they are articulated in
Christianity. The Author contends that though it may be possible that there is diversity
in the expressive worship of each of the member of a Christian family, but they all are
directed towards the single revelation of the Divine.
Inter-alia, this solemn presentation is divided into two parts. The First part
encircles the fundamental characteristics of Christian worship. The methodology in which
ritual, symbol, sacrament and sacrifice become part of worship is also examined. The
Second part presents descriptive and historical studies that are intended to illustrate
the principles of worship, as embodied in the chief type of cults.
It provides a thoughtful introduction on the subject of Christian worship and its
interrelation with specific rituals and ceremonies. Also, a separate `Index of Subjects'
amplify the value of this handy presentation. This book is a must buy for Christian Laity,
Church Clergies, Researchers, and all those Church ministers who want to enrich their
understanding on the subject for further impartation.
Evelyn Underhill (1875-1941) was one of the most widely read English
Anglo-Catholic writer in the first half of the 20th century. In 1913, she became an
honorary fellow of King's College of Women and in 1927 fellow of King's College; in 1939
she received the honorary degree of D.D. from the University of Aberdeen.
She was the author of well renowned books like: Mysticism (1911), Ruysbroek (1914), The
Mysticism of Plotinus (1919), Worship (1936). While working on Worship, written for the
Library of Constructive Theology, she became deeply interested in the Greek Orthodox
Church and joined the fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius. Besides writing books, she
also wrote reviews and special articles for the `Spectator' (of which she was for some
years the theological editor), and later for `Time and Tide'.