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 with

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The First Factor Spatial Dynamics
The Second Factor Centering Focus
The Third Factor Aesthetic Impact
The Fourth Factor Symbolic Resonance
Late Medieval Beverley Traditional Churches in a Traditional Culture
Chicago Traditional Churches in a Modern Culture
Rudolf Schwarz Modern Churches in a Modern Culture

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About the author (2004)

Richard Kieckhefer is Professor of Religion and History at Northwestern University. He is the author of numerous books, most of them on aspects of medieval Christianity, including Magic in the Middle Ages (1989).

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