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Architecture and Theology
The Art of Place

By Murray A. Rae

Architecture and Theology
Hardback, 305 pages $49.95
Published: 15th December 2017
ISBN: 9781481307635
Format: 9in x 6in


The dynamic relationship between art and theology continues to fascinate and to challenge, especially when theology addresses art in all of its variety. In Architecture and Theology: The Art of Place, author Murray Rae turns to the spatial arts, especially architecture, to investigate how the art forms engaged in the construction of our built environment relate to Christian faith.  

Rae does not offer a theology of the spatial arts, but instead engages in a sustained theological conversation with the spatial arts. Because the spatial arts are public, visual, and communal, they wield an immense but easily overlooked influence. Architecture and Theology overcomes this inattention by offering new ways of thinking about the theological importance of space and place in our experience of God, the relation between freedom and law in Christian life, the transformation involved in God’s promised new creation, biblical anticipation of the heavenly city, divine presence and absence, the architecture of repentance and remorse, and the relation between space and time. In doing so, Rae finds an ample place for theology amidst the architectural arts.

1. New Ways of Seeing: Doing Theology through the Spatial Arts
2. A Place to Dwell: Construing the World through the Construction of Place
3. Freedom and Rule: Conceiving the Law as a Realm of Freedom and Creativity
4. Making All Things New:Transforming the World through Adaptation and Renewal
5. A Foretaste of Heaven: Anticipating the New Jerusalem through the Civitas Terrena
6. Knowing and Dwellin: Considering Epistemology through Habitation and Homelessness
7. Presence and Absence: Discerning the Transcendent in the Realm of the Immanent
8. Places Full of Time: Marking Time through the Medium of Place
9. Building from the Rubble: Reaching for Redemption through Memory and Hope

"In the course of his exploration of how architecture might engage theology, Rae provides an effective critique of modernity and its emphasis on individualism and rationalism, its rejection of history and tradition, and its dualistic rejection of the material world."

—Claude N. Stulting, Jr., Reading Religion

"Architecture and Theology is more than a much-needed theology of architecture. It is an invitation to renew our understanding of God through the architect's eye. Murray Rae shows us how the built environment and spatial arts can transform the theological imagination. Accept his invitation into this space. God's place in your life will never be the same."

—William Storrar, Director, Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton University

"Murray Rae is one of the most lucid, no-nonsense, and reliable theologians of his generation, and here he turns his attention to something he is eminently qualified to address. At last, we have a piece of writing on theology and the spatial arts that is genuinely theological while also being immersed in the realities of architectural theory, practice, and history. First-rate in every way."

—Jeremy Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke University

Murray A. Rae is Professor of Theology at the University of Otago in New Zealand.

The Ashton Wylie Mind Body Spirit Literary Award - 2018 - - Winner

Publication Details:

 Hardback , 305 pages
 9in x 6in

  ARC005000, ARC016000, REL067000
 Baylor University Press

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