Sacred Power, Sacred Space Hardback

An Introduction to Christian Architecture and Worship

by Jeanne Halgren Kilde;


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Sacred Power, Sacred Space

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Jeanne Halgren Kildes survey of church architecture is unlike any other. Her main concern is not the buildings themselves, but rather the dynamic character of Christianity and how church buildings shape and influence the religion. Kilde argues that a primary function of church buildings is to represent and reify three different types of power: divine power, or ideas about God; personal empowerment as manifested in the individuals perceived relationship to the divine; and social power, meaning the relationships between groups such as clergy and laity. Each type intersects with notions of Christian creed, cult, and code, and is represented spatially and materially in church buildings. Kilde explores these categories chronologically, from the early church to the twentieth century. She considers the form, organization, and use of worship rooms; the location of churches; and the interaction between churches and the wider culture. Church buildings have been integral to Christianity, and Kildes important study sheds new light on the way they impact all aspects of the religion.Neither mere witnesses to transformations of religious thought or nor simple backgrounds for religious practice, Kilde identifies church buildings as dynamic participants in religious change and goldmines of information on Christianity itself.

Sacred Power, Sacred Space by Jeanne Halgren Kilde was published by Oxford University Press in July 2008 and is our 56121st best seller. The ISBN for Sacred Power, Sacred Space is 9780195314694.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherOxford University Press (July 2008)
Weight469g
Number of Pages248
Thickness20 mm
Height240 mm
Width160 mm
ISBN9780195314694
ISBN-100195314697
Product Code1212029
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