An Architecture of Immanence: Architecture for Worship and Ministry Today

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Jan 22, 2007 - Architecture - 313 pages
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In this book Mark Torgerson shows how modern architecture has heavily influenced the construction of new sacred spaces, producing a new way of building that emphasizes God's coming near to us.

Torgerson begins by discussing God's transcendence and immanence and showing how church architecture has traditionally interpreted these key concepts. He then traces the theological roots of immanence's priority from liberal theology and liturgical innovation to modern architecture. Next, Torgerson illustrates this new architecture of immanence through particular practitioners, focusing especially on the work of theologically savvy architect Edward Anders Svik. Finally, he addresses the future of church architecture as congregations are buffeted by the twin forces of liturgical change and postmodernism.

An Architecture of Immanence will interest architects, liturgists, and all Christians who seek to read the sacred spaces of the recent past.
 

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Contents

WORSHIP SPACES INFLUENCED BY GODS NATURE AND SCRIPTURAL MODELS
1
GOD IN THE ORDINARY NOURISHING A CONTEXT FOR IMMANENCE
11
TWENTIETHCENTURY WORSHIP RENEWAL THE ELEVATION OF GODS PEOPLE
25
MODERN IMPULSES IN CHURCH ARCHITECTURE FAITH ENGAGING CULTURE
43
THE FRUITS OF WORSHIP RENEWAL EMPHASIZING AN ARCHITECTURE OF IMMANENCE
69
AN ARCHITECTURE OF IMMANENCE EARLY EXAMPLES IN EUROPE
97
AN ARCHITECTURE OF IMMANENCE SELECTED EXAMPLES IN AMERICA
117
AN ILLUSTRATION THE THOUGHT AND WORK OF EDWARD ANDERS SÖVIK
147
WHERE ARE WE NOW? DISCERNMENT AND LESSONS LEARNED
181
WHERE CAN WE GO? DIRECTIONS FOR THE FUTURE
207
APPENDIX
229
GLOSSARY
267
BIBLIOGRAPHY
273
INDEX
309
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About the author (2007)

Mark A. Torgerson is associate professor of worship arts atJudson College, Elgin, Illinois. An ordained minister inthe Evangelical Covenant Church, he has a lifelong interestin the concept of sacred space.

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