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Theology in Stone : Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley

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Thinking about church architecture has come to an impasse. Reformers and traditionalists are talking past each other. In Theology in Stone, Richard Kieckhefer seeks to help both sides move beyond the standoff toward a fruitful conversation about houses of worship. Drawing on a wide range of historical examples with an eye to their contemporary relevance, he offers refreshing new ideas about the meanings and uses of church architecture. Kieckhefer begins with four chapters on the basic elements of church architecture - the overall arrangement of space, the use of an altar or pulpit as a centering focus, the aesthetics of church design, and the functions of sacred symbols. He goes on to offer three extended historical studies, dealing with churches of medieval England, revival-style churches of America, and modern churches of twentieth-century Germany. Drawing on these case studies, he concludes with a vision of a new theology of church architecture - historically grounded, yet framed for our own time. extended historical studies, dealing withshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 152.4 x 236.22 x 33.02mm | 430.91g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • numerous halftones & 3 line illus
  • 0195154665
  • 9780195154665

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Kieckhefer has produced a book to challenge the general concept of the church building ... This is an interesting departure from the more usual commentaries on ecclesiastical architecture, and is to be welcomed. Julian Litten, Church Times ... imaginative and fascinating new book. Beverley Guardianshow more

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