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By Louis P. Nelson

ISBN-10: 0253346991

ISBN-13: 9780253346995

This quantity examines a various set of areas and constructions obvious throughout the lens of well known perform and trust to make clear the complexities of sacred area in the United States. participants discover how commitment sermons record transferring understandings of the assembly condo in early 19th-century Connecticut; the adjustments in evangelical church structure throughout the related century and what that tells us approximately evangelical spiritual existence; the effect of up to date concerns on Catholic church structure; the effect of globalization at the development of conventional sacred areas; the city perform of Jewish house; nature worship and valuable Park in manhattan; the mezuzah and family sacred area; and, eventually, the religious points of African American backyard paintings.

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Their belief in an immanent, transcendent God held that God was everywhere and definitely not contained in a building. The New England meetinghouse continues to claim mythic proportions. Americans have equated these plain, informal, seemingly unchanging buildings with close community, democratic government, and profound faith. In reality, the form evolved slowly and changed considerably over 200 years. New Englanders of the seventeenth century worshipped in centrally located, square, wooden, unheated, sparsely decorated buildings with entrances on several sides.

2. Pier at Bethesda Terrace. Photograph by the author. 39 Nelson_AmerSanctuary 40 11/30/05 2:32 PM Page 40 Inscription Americans to be spatially, temporally, and spiritually distinct from the commercial and industrial city growing up around it. While much has been written on the history of Central Park, interpretations of this landmark of the American park movement have typically emphasized the prescience and altruism of the park’s founders in establishing a natural refuge in the heart of New York City.

Kieckhefer, Theology in Stone: Church Architecture from Byzantium to Berkeley (New York: Oxford, 2004), 286. 2. John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, ed. John T. McNeill, trans. 30. 3. See Marian Card Donnelly, The New England Meeting Houses of the Seventeenth Century (Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, 1968). 4. Kevin M. Sweeney, “Meetinghouses, Town Houses, and Churches: Changing Perceptions of Sacred and Secular Space in Southern New England, 1720–1850,” Winterthur Portfolio 28, no.

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