Chapter

Introduction

Jay M. Price

in Temples for a Modern God

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925957
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980482 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199925957.003.0000
Introduction

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Although scholars have developed an increasing interest in religion in postwar America, the buildings constructed during this period have received at best only limited coverage. Social histories of postwar religion tend to give the built environment passing mention while architectural histories concentrate on the most noteworthy or famous examples. Those who study religious architecture from the vantage point of liturgy and worship have included buildings from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, but as subsets of larger themes. Scholarship regarding twentieth- century vernacular architecture offers perhaps the best venue for understanding the larger themes and trends in postwar church and synagogue design, although that literature has, to date, largely highlighted secular rather than religious buildings.

Keywords: postwar; liturgy; worship; modern architecture; vernacular

Chapter.  6627 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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