Churchscape Hardback

Megachurches and the Iconography of Environment

by Susan Power Bratton;

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Buildings and landscapesare as much a part of the Christian church as its creeds--reflecting the faith and proclaiming God. The architecture of the church'sstructures and the curating of its groundsare unique windows into the church's history and the shape of its theological commitments.Birthed in the iconoclastic spirit of the Reformation, the scapes of Protestant churchesespeciallyhave experienced massive shifts in design and scope. From humble beginnings--small buildings and cemeteries--churches today can occupy thousands of square feet across hundreds of acres. The modern megachurch, with itsextensivecampuses,parking lots, and sprawling lawns,has changedhow we think about the church and its spaces. Form follows function, and theology is in both. The shifts inscale,style, and symbolwithin the church's common spacesreflect changes in ecclesial priorities, even as theyformthe theological imagination in new ways.In ChurchScape , Susan Bratton chronicles the story of the Protestant church's transformation of landscape and building.
Citing the influence of college campuses on megachurch architecture, Bratton examines the features that are a part of many megachurch complexes, including waterscapes, iconography, and outdoor art. Taking readers on a cross-country journey to over 200 churches, Brattontracesthe movement from the small parish building of the nineteenthcentury to the extensive complexes that form today's churchscapes. As she moves from church to church, Bratton describes howallthe church's spaces--buildings,greens, gardens, and gateways--togethershape its practices, name its beliefs, and norm its life together.Bratton's work offers the first historical and theological analysis of the church and itsphysical planners and planters. She demands that all of us look with new eyes at the ways the church may be innovative without being disruptive, a place of communitywithoutbecomingexclusive, and a site of abundancewithoutdecadence. The church-in-place mustconsider how its scapes and spaces reflectits sacred life.

Churchscape by Susan Power Bratton was published by Baylor University Press in August 2016. The ISBN for Churchscape is 9781481303835.

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Details for Churchscape

Page last updated 23rd July 2017
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherBaylor University Press (August 2016)
Number of Pages415
Thickness36 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4456236
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