London: Nisbet & Co. Ltd., 1936. Octavo, original navy cloth, gilt and blind-stamped boards, original dust jacket. Modest toning to original dust jacket. A near-fine copy. Item #1434
"THE WHOLE LITURGIC LIFE OF CHRISTENDOM IS BUILT ON A DOUBLE FOUNDATION: THE BIBLE AND THE EUCHARIST"
Second edition of Evelyn Underhill's study of Worship—"the response of man to the Eternal"—in an excellent example of the scarce original dust jacket.
"An important contribution to the liturgical revival which began with the Oxford Movement in the Church of England" (Frank Magill), Worship is Underhill's "loving exposition of Christian forms of devotion, forms which she finds foreshadowed, indeed, in the rites and sacrifices of other cults, but fully realized only in the services of the Church, specifically in the Divine Office and Holy Eucharist as observed in the Orthodox, Roman, and Anglican traditions" (Frank Magill). The book is divided into two main sections: Part I concerns the characteristics of Christian worship. Part II refers to the response of man to God and the birth of Faith, Hope and Charity. Worship demonstrates Underhill's growing acceptance of Neo-Scholasticism, a shift in focus from a transcendent God to a more dynamic conception of God as "one who acts" on creation. Second edition: published in February 1937 (first edition: October 1936). Published as part of The Library of Constructive Theology (edited by W.R. Matthews and H. Wheeler Robinson) with a short General Introduction and with Underhill's short Preface (initialed "E.U."). A profound expression of the ultimate communal unity of creation. Frank N. Magill, Masterpieces of Christian Literature, 1024.