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"Discerning the Spirits: A Guide to Thinking About Christian Worship Today" by Cornelius Plantinga, Jr. and Sue A. Rozeboom

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This volume is a collaborative work produced by the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship at Calvin College. Although Plantinga and Rozeboom are the primary authors, it includes more than twenty brief articles or sidebars on related topics, mostly penned by the members of a Lilly-funded research team. The book's "main project . . . is to set a context and recommend a tone in which healthy decisions about worship may be conducted." Accordingly, the book is neither a sharp polemic against nor an uncritical celebration of contemporary worship forms. Given the heated character that the so-called "worship wars" have often taken in recent years, such a tack represents a welcome departure.

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Gillis Harp is professor of history at Grove City College (Grove City, Pennsylvania).

Issue: "The Christian Voters Guide" Sept./Oct. 2004 Vol. 13 No. 5 Page number(s): 42-43

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