Kibble's concern is the absence of the working classes from the Church. In addition to other reasons he puts forward a theological-liturgical one. Many Western liturgical acts were popularised and so devalued. Reformers emphasised lay participation but did away with much art, including much music, elevating the Word. This playing down of the sensory has alienated the working classes. We need to re-emphasise group mentality, sensory worship and the presentation of the Gospel in other than verbal ways.
The Protestant Liturgy and the Working Classes
Volume 06, Number 01 May 1976