Making Sacred Places, and Making Places Sacred

Frank Burch Brown

in Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849567 | DOI:
Making Sacred Places, and Making Places Sacred

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Tillich asserted that Protestants should give more attention to visual aesthetics and not just the Word despite their fears of harboring thoughts of idolatry because architecture is significant to worship and other religious practices as there is a need to establish a sacred venue for holding such activities. As a Protestant theologian, Tillich proposed that Protestants adopt Christian visual art, particularly Catholic architecture and aesthetics. Although he advocated the appreciation of adapting several traditions and styles, he kept in mind that such works should be marked as sacred. As we see in today's multicultural set-up, sacred styles are also being fused with the secular. This chapter takes on ecumenical taste be identifying the possible combinations of sacred architectural styles and how this is seen in both a religious and a secular context.

Keywords: Tillich; Protestant; Catholic aesthetics; visual art; secular context; religious context; sacred architectural styles; architecture

Chapter.  7294 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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