Confucianism and the Liturgy

An Analectical Argument for the High Church Traditions


  • Joseph Blado Houston Baptist University
  • Tyler Dalton McNabb University of Macau



Low Church, High Church, Confucianism


In Confucian thought, there exists a functional view of rituals in which the participation in ritualistic practices brings about human flourishing. Call this the Confucian Ritual Principle (CRP). Utilizing contemporary psychology, in this paper, we argue for CRP. After linking rituals to human flourishing, we argue that on the hypothesis that Christianity is true, we would expect God to establish highly ritualistic and dogmatic liturgies. Put slightly differently, we argue that we should expect what we call 'high church' on the Christian hypothesis. We then move to engage two objections to our argument. First, we respond to an argument that low church traditions are compatible with CRP. Second, we respond to an objection that argues against the ritual thesis, based on the flourishing of low church traditions.




How to Cite

Blado, J., & McNabb, T. D. (2020). Confucianism and the Liturgy: An Analectical Argument for the High Church Traditions. TheoLogica: An International Journal for Philosophy of Religion and Philosophical Theology, 4(1), 53–63.