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Richard Kieckhefer

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780195154665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2005

DOI: 10.1093/0195154665.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Theology in Stone
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Richard Kieckhefer (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195154665.003.0001

The basic categories of analysis (spatial dynamics, centering focus, aesthetic impact, and symbolic resonance) and the traditions of church-building (classic sacramental churches, classic evangelical churches, and modern communal churches) are explained here. The first main argument of the book is that classic sacramental churches have the density of poetry and thus require interpretation, while the other traditions have the familiarity of prose and are more easily understood. The second main argument is that sacrality may be grounded not in separation (from the profane) but rather in association (with the narratives and experiences most significant to a religious tradition).

Keywords:   spatial dynamics, centering focus, aesthetic impact, symbolic resonance, classic sacramental churches, classic evangelical churches, modern communal churches, sacrality

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