Encountering Transcendence. Contributions to a Theology of Christian Religious Experience (Annua Nuntia Lovaniensia, 53) pages:477-487
This essay seeks to examine the relationship between liturgy and religious experience in two early Christian documents: the Martyrdom of Polycarp (mid second century) and the Life of Polycarp (end third century). These texts show certain similarities in their descriptions of religious experience, particularly in that they situate it within the liturgical context. The purpose of this article is then to analyse some of the descriptions found in these documents and to compare them in order to consider the function of liturgy in the early Christian literary presentation of religious experience.