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Richard Kieckhefer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154665.001.0001

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The Fourth Factor: Symbolic Resonance

The Fourth Factor: Symbolic Resonance

(p.135) 4 The Fourth Factor: Symbolic Resonance
Theology in Stone

Richard Kieckhefer (Contributor Webpage)

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A church that is rich in symbolic associations conveys a strong sense of sacrality—the presence of the holy within the sacred. Different forms of symbolic association in the classic sacramental tradition are discussed in connection with Santa Maria Novella at Florence. Orientation (planning a church with the altar at the east end), legends of foundation, and ceremonies of consecration are all seen as ways of cultivating symbolic resonance. The “Cathedral of Huts” at Maciene in Mozambique is seen as one example of how churches reflect a process of indigenization in Africa.

Keywords:   symbolic resonance, sacrality, Santa Maria Novella (Florence), orientation, legends of foundation, consecration, “Cathedral of Huts” at Maciene (Mozambique), indigenization, Africa

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