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Sacred Power, Sacred Space: An Introduction to Christian Architecture and Worship Paperback – July 21, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0195336061 ISBN-10: 0195336062

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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (July 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195336062
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195336061
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.6 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jeanne Kilde is a gifted teacher and a mature scholar who has been studying and writing about material culture since before it was fashionable to do so. Her works are careful, imaginative, and daring, and this treatment of the linkages of power and space is brilliant. The book's depth and reach are breathtaking, and its implications are manifold." --Calvin J. Roetzel, Sundet Professor of New Testament and Christian Studies, University of Minnesota


"Kilde's book is one that has long been needed. It provides a concise introduction to the periods of church-building, enlivened by a clearly articulated point of view. It is focused on a selection of important churches. And it is informed by an interpretive grid that readers will find tremendously useful as a starting point for analysis and discussion. This book will be welcomed warmly as an interesting, accessible introduction to the subject." --Richard Kieckhefer, author of Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley


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Jeanne Halgren Kilde is the author of When Church Became Theatre: The Transformation of Evangelical Architecture and Worship in Nineteenth-Century America. She is the Director of the Religious Studies Program at the University of Minnesota.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ludwig on July 18, 2011
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Interesting survey of worship space from the beginnings of Christianity to the present time. The book is concerned not only with the obvious connection between theology and sacred space, but also the way other social factors influence space.
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This is a solid survey of christian architecture from the early church on up to contemporary buildings in the United States. The underlying approach is to critique architectural moves in terms of their effect on different constituents: lay members, the uninitiated, the clergy, and so on. There is an interesting discussion of the differences between longitudinally oriented spaces versus centrally organized spaces. More graphics would have made the book easier to read.
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