In the Spirituality of "TongSungGiDo</I> of the Korean Church
Chapter 1. The Image of God: A Self-Grammar in Worship
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In his book Worship and Christian Identity, E. Byron Anderson states that “Christian worship provides a ‘grammar’ of the self through which we interpret our relationships to God and neighbor.”1 Christian worship is not only a time and space for praising God, but also for discovering who we are in relationship to God and our neighbors. In other words, Christians acquire a self-grammar through the practice of worship.2 Through the practice of Christian worship “we make meaning about our lives and acquire a sense of orientation to why and where we are.”3
What kind of self-grammars have female-women4 acquired in the practice of Christian worship? One of the grammars that we have been familiar with is the conviction that we are created in the image of God just as male Christians are. The creation account in Genesis 1 has been the main source for that grammar. Nevertheless, Christian worship hardly provides any grammar to support and affirm the resemblance between God and female-woman. Rather, the language of Christian worship has provided a mistaken grammar for female Christians and even for males. The words and images for God in our ← 5 | 6 → practices of worship are filled with masculine pronouns, titles or names, and other metaphors that evoke male-like beings.
Christian worship practices as ritual and ritualization “give life sense and value.”5 Through the language of symbol and the images of God in Christian worship, we not only praise God, but also discover who...
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