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Sacred Power, Sacred Space: An Introduction to Christian Architecture and Worship

Jeanne Halgren Kilde


This book is a survey of church architecture unlike any other. Its main concern is not the buildings themselves, but rather the dynamic character of Christianity and how church buildings shape and influence the religion. The author argues that a primary function of church buildings is to represent and reify three different types of power: divine power, or ideas about God; personal empowerment as manifested in the individual's perceived relationship to the divine; and social power, meaning the relationships between groups such as clergy and laity. Each type intersects with notions of Christian ... More

Keywords: church architecture, Christianity, church buildings, divine power, personal empowerment, social power, worship rooms, location, religious practice, religious change

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195314694
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314694.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeanne Halgren Kilde, author
Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota, USA
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