Chapter Three: A Proposed Definition and Criteria for Worship
C H A P T E R T H R E E A Proposed Definition and Criteria for Worship A working definition of worship and criteria that will be employed and referenced in this research work will be the following: Worship is a personal relational religious act of total submission between a human or spiritual1 subject, either individually or collectively in a group, and a superhuman, divine,2 or heavenly, superspiritual entity or entities, God, a god, or gods, including their representation(s) by way of an idol or idols.3 In this religious context, the human (or spiritual) subject is functionally the worshipper, the active subject, the one who performs the act or medium of worship, and God or a superhuman (or spiritual heavenly) entity is functionally the passive object, the worshipped object, the one who receives the act of worship.4 A religious context is axiomatic for worship to take place. If the act is not performed in a religious context, worship does not take place. The two main ingredients in worship that will be examined are those of personal relationship and action. Relationally, the worshipper is considered to be inferior and dependent on God. Thus, the relationship can be expressed as that of a minor subject (the worshipper) to a major object (God). To communicate and express this relationship between the worshipper and the worshipped, the worship- per engages in various actions or levels of action to indicate his or her inferiority to and dependence on God. These levels...
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