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Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi—A Reformed Perspective

The term “liturgical theology” refers both to theology of worship and theology from worship: the former meaning doctrines about worship; the latter, doctrines derived from liturgical texts.

More recently, however, some scholars have argued that the liturgy itself is theology, indeed, primary theology (theologia prima) from which is derived all secondary theology (theologia secunda), namely, subsequent theological reflection on the liturgy.[1]

Thus, the liturgy is primary, and formulated doctrines are secondary, derivative and subordinate.

This notion “challenges the common Reformed view that liturgy follows theology.”[2] Continue reading