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18 Disciplina Arcani: Modern Avatars of Christian Ritual Secrecy

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This contribution explores some remarkable revivals of ritual secrecy that appeal explicitly to the early Christian disciplina arcani (DA). After a discussion of the concept of DA itself, the article explores, in succession: the appeal to DA by Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the appeal to DA in a long-running debate on the public dimension of liturgy on TV with Karl Rahner and Johan Baptist Metz, and DA as a central element in the bestseller by Tjeu van den Berk on mystagogics. Finally, there is an exploration of the Network Society, new media, and online liturgy in which the appeal to DA seems completely absent.



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