By Susan Power Bratton
Birthed within the iconoclastic spirit of the Reformation, the scapes of Protestant churches have skilled huge shifts in layout and scope. From humble beginnings—small constructions and cemeteries—churches at the present time can occupy hundreds of thousands of sq. ft throughout 1000s of acres. the fashionable megachurch, with its extensive campuses, parking plenty, and sprawling lawns, has changed how we expect in regards to the church and its areas. shape follows functionality, and theology is in either. The shifts in scale, style, and symbol within the church’s universal spaces reflect adjustments in ecclesial priorities, whilst they form the theological mind's eye in new ways.
In ChurchScape, Susan Bratton chronicles the tale of the Protestant church’s transformation of panorama and construction. mentioning the effect of school campuses on megachurch structure, Bratton examines the gains which are part of many megachurch complexes, together with waterscapes, iconography, and outdoors paintings. Taking readers on a cross-country trip to over 200 church buildings, Bratton traces the circulate from the small parish development of the nineteenth century to the large complexes that shape today’s churchscapes. As she strikes from church to church, Bratton describes how all the church’s spaces—buildings, greens, gardens, and gateways—together shape its practices, identify its ideals, and shape its lifestyles together.
Bratton’s paintings deals the 1st historic and theological research for the megachurch and its physical planners and planters. She calls for that each one folks glance with new eyes on the methods the church might be an innovator with out being disruptive, a spot of community without becoming exclusive, and a domain of abundance without decadence. The church-in-place must consider how its scapes and areas reflect its sacred life.
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ChurchScape: Megachurches and the Iconography of Environment by Susan Power Bratton