Baker Academic Spring 2023 Catalog


A Body of Praise Understanding the Role of Our Physical Bodies in Worship W. David O. Taylor Theologian and pastor David Taylor argues that there is something for our physical bodies to do that decisively forms Christlikeness in us within the context of worship. “An excellent, nuanced, and well-timed study. As we wrestle with the long-term impact of the pandemic on our worship practices, this work is an indispensable resource.” —ROWAN WILLIAMS, former Archbishop of Canterbury “The role of the human body in Christian worship has been ne- glected for too long but is now significantly enriched by Taylor’s work. His writing displays a lifetime of scholarship and reflection, now brought together in mature form for the benefit of worshiping communities everywhere.” —CONSTANCE M. CHERRY, Indiana Wesleyan University (emeritus); The Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies “Taylor reminds us that to be human means not merely to have a body but to be embodied. And at the heart of God’s design for embodied persons made in his image is worship.” —JOEL SCANDRETT, Trinity School for Ministry “The collective minds and hearts of Christians need this book as we learn and relearn what the body has known all along.” —LORE FERGUSON WILBERT, author of A Curious Faith and Handle with Care “Taylor’s thoughtful and highly readable work shows that holistic worship must engage the whole body in all its senses. This book should effectively put to rest the notion that online worship can be an adequate substitute.” —SIMON CHAN, former lecturer, Trinity Theological College, Singapore; editor of Asia Journal of Theology “This book will be useful across a wide variety of worshiping traditions.” —BETH FELKER JONES, Northern Seminary “A well-written, vivid study. Taylor correlates the theological and pastoral wisdom of the church with the findings and insights of the arts and sciences to show how the triune God interacts with his people bodily in worship and engages them spiritually with their physical senses.” —JOHN W. KLEINIG, Australian Lutheran College (emeritus); author of Wonderfully Made: A Protestant Theology of the Body “This book invites us into newness and renewal.” —CECILIA GONZÁLEZ-ANDRIEU, Loyola Marymount University; author of Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty

MARCH 2023 • 224 pp. • paper • $26.99 • 9781540963093

W. David O. Taylor (ThD, Duke Divinity School) is associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary. An Anglican priest, he has lectured widely on the arts, from Thailand to South Africa. Taylor is the author of several books, including Glimpses of the New Creation: Worship and the Formative Power of the Arts and Open and Unafraid: The Psalms as a Guide to Life .


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