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The Resource ChurchScape : megachurches and the iconography of environment, Susan Power Bratton

ChurchScape : megachurches and the iconography of environment, Susan Power Bratton

Label
ChurchScape : megachurches and the iconography of environment
Title
ChurchScape
Title remainder
megachurches and the iconography of environment
Statement of responsibility
Susan Power Bratton
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
Buildings and landscapes are as much a part of the Christian church as its creeds--reflecting the faith and proclaiming God. The architecture of the church's structures and the curating of its grounds are unique windows into the church's history and the shape of its theological commitments. Birthed in the iconoclastic spirit of the Reformation, the scapes of Protestant churches have experienced massive shifts in design and scope. From humble beginnings--small buildings and cemeteries--churches today can occupy thousands of square feet across hundreds of acres. The modern megachurch, with its extensive campuses, parking lots, and sprawling lawns, has changed how we think about the church and its spaces. Form follows function, and theology is in both. The shifts in scale, style, and symbol within the church's common spaces reflect changes in ecclesial priorities, even as they form the theological imagination in new ways. In ChurchScape, Susan Bratton chronicles the story of the Protestant church's transformation of landscape and building. Citing the influence of college campuses on megachurch architecture, Bratton examines the features that are a part of many megachurch complexes, including waterscapes, iconography, and outdoor art. Taking readers on a cross-country journey to over two hundred churches, Bratton traces the movement from the small parish building of the nineteenth century to the extensive complexes that form today's churchscapes. As she moves from church to church, Bratton describes how all the church's spaces--buildings, greens, gardens, and gateways--together shape its practices, name its beliefs, and form its life together. Bratton's work offers the first historical and theological analysis for the megachurch and its physical planners and planters. She demands that all of us look with new eyes at the ways the church may be an innovator without being disruptive, a place of community without becoming exclusive, and a site of abundance without decadence. The church-in-place must consider how its scapes and spaces reflect its sacred life. - book flap
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Bratton, Susan
Dewey number
246/.950973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BV637.9
LC item number
.B73 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Big churches
  • Church lands
  • Landscapes
Label
ChurchScape : megachurches and the iconography of environment, Susan Power Bratton
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From lawn to landscape -- Part I. History. Greens, Christians, and urban planning -- Symbols: churches in evolving civic terrains -- Gateways: the urban megachurch -- Corporate campuses: the suburban megachurch -- Part II. Roles. Fountains: the campus as ritual terrain -- Iconography: art and advertising -- Gardens, plazas, and fields: recreation, contemplation, and remembrance -- Part III. Connections. Woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife: caring for creation -- Fences, gates, and commons: boundaries and neighbors -- Stages and stadiums: performance and outreach -- Conclusion: A practical theology of space
Control code
ocn940455354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 440 pages
Isbn
9781481303835
Lccn
2016006229
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 40026327373
  • 99968610251
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940455354
Label
ChurchScape : megachurches and the iconography of environment, Susan Power Bratton
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 401-417) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction: From lawn to landscape -- Part I. History. Greens, Christians, and urban planning -- Symbols: churches in evolving civic terrains -- Gateways: the urban megachurch -- Corporate campuses: the suburban megachurch -- Part II. Roles. Fountains: the campus as ritual terrain -- Iconography: art and advertising -- Gardens, plazas, and fields: recreation, contemplation, and remembrance -- Part III. Connections. Woodlands, wetlands, and wildlife: caring for creation -- Fences, gates, and commons: boundaries and neighbors -- Stages and stadiums: performance and outreach -- Conclusion: A practical theology of space
Control code
ocn940455354
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
viii, 440 pages
Isbn
9781481303835
Lccn
2016006229
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other control number
  • 40026327373
  • 99968610251
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)940455354

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