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Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America

Jay M. Price


In the decades following World War II, Americans undertook one of the biggest religious building booms in their history, erecting synagogues, churches, cathedrals, chapels, retreat centers, and shrines in unprecedented numbers. While building committees struggled to balance style, cost, theology, and functionality, in the background was a turbulent and shifting landscape where religious and architectural concepts unfolded in new directions. A new generation of theologians, consultants, and clergy embraced liturgy and sought to adapt ancient traditions to contemporary daily life. Architecturall ... More

Keywords: religion, architecture, postwar, liturgy, church, suburb, 1950s, Vatican II

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199925957
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925957.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jay M. Price, author
Wichita State University