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The Fourth Factor: Symbolic Resonance

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/10.1093/0195154665.003.0005
 The Fourth Factor: Symbolic Resonance

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A church that is rich in symbolic associations conveys a strong sense of sacrality—the presence of the holy within the sacred. Different forms of symbolic association in the classic sacramental tradition are discussed in connection with Santa Maria Novella at Florence. Orientation (planning a church with the altar at the east end), legends of foundation, and ceremonies of consecration are all seen as ways of cultivating symbolic resonance. The “Cathedral of Huts” at Maciene in Mozambique is seen as one example of how churches reflect a process of indigenization in Africa.

Keywords: symbolic resonance; sacrality; Santa Maria Novella (Florence); orientation; legends of foundation; consecration; “Cathedral of Huts” at Maciene (Mozambique); indigenization; Africa

Chapter.  14746 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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