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Introduction

Richard Kieckhefer

in Theology in Stone

Published in print April 2004 | ISBN: 9780195154665
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835676 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195154665.003.0001
 Introduction

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The basic categories of analysis (spatial dynamics, centering focus, aesthetic impact, and symbolic resonance) and the traditions of church-building (classic sacramental churches, classic evangelical churches, and modern communal churches) are explained here. The first main argument of the book is that classic sacramental churches have the density of poetry and thus require interpretation, while the other traditions have the familiarity of prose and are more easily understood. The second main argument is that sacrality may be grounded not in separation (from the profane) but rather in association (with the narratives and experiences most significant to a religious tradition).

Keywords: spatial dynamics; centering focus; aesthetic impact; symbolic resonance; classic sacramental churches; classic evangelical churches; modern communal churches; sacrality

Chapter.  8152 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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