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The Contemporary Context

David Brown

in God and Enchantment of Place

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271986
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271984.003.0007
The Contemporary Context

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The first part of the chapter considers non-ecclesial buildings, and uses work by a range of modern architects to argue that their potential role as mediators of the divine is in fact far more deeply entrenched than the alleged total secularity of modern culture might suggest. The second half of the chapter then explores ‘Church Architecture in Crisis’ and detects a failure of nerve that suggests the reduction of the building to the narrowly instrumental.

Keywords: modern architecture; church architecture; secularism; instrumentalism

Chapter.  18001 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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