The Paideia of Praise: Embracing the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric of Liturgy

Dustin+ Messer

Circe Institute

In his article, The Paideia of Praise: Embracing the Grammar, Logic, and Rhetoric of Liturgy, written for and posted by the CiRCE Institute, Dustin+ Messer explores the Greek concept of “paideia,” which relates to what we might think of as a “culture.” He says, “To form one in the true faith, we need a good and beautiful culture.” He then ties the concept into the three streams of worship.

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The Rev. Dr. Dustin Messer serves as a priest at All Saints Dallas in downtown Dallas, TX. Additionally, Dustin is a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition and teaches in the department of religious and theological studies at The King's College in New York, NY. A graduate of Boyce College and Covenant Theological Seminary, Dustin earned a doctorate in ethics at La Salle University and went on to complete a fellowship at the Center for the Study of Statesmanship at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Along with his work in local parish ministry, Dustin has served in positions of leadership for a number renewal organizations within the broader Anglican church, including the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) and the Evangelical Fellowship in the Anglican Communion (EFAC). Dustin is married to his college sweetheart, Whitney, and they have one daughter, Pennilyn Grace.