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Theology in Stone: Church Architecture From Byzantium to Berkeley

Richard Kieckhefer


Four questions can be asked appropriately about any church. First, what are its spatial dynamics and how do they promote the dynamism of worship? Second, what (if anything) is the centering focus that clarifies what is most important to worship? Third, what aesthetic impact is the building meant to promote? Fourth, in what way does the building convey a sense of symbolic resonance, linking the immediate experience of the worshiper with the broader experience of this community and of the Church through history? These matters are all approached differently in different traditions of church-build ... More

Keywords: spatial dynamics, centering focus, aesthetic impact, symbolic resonance, classic sacramental churches, classic evangelical churches, modern communal churches

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195154665
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195154665.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Kieckhefer, author
Northwestern University
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