Academics

ACADEMICS

This course will look at church architecture as a "text" for understanding Christian liturgy, particularly as place relates to historical development, ritual practice and theological interpretation. It will include a survey of historical developments in Eastern and Western Christian traditions, analysis of a variety of theologies regarding sacred space, and then practical issues on church building, renovation, contemporary expressions of culture, theology and theories. The primary elements of evaluation will be class participation and preparation, a case study presentation, and a short final paper. The class will be geared toward advanced MDiv/MA students who want to supplement their historical, liturgical and pastoral studies with greater knowledge of architecture and theology of sacrality, as well as appropriate for PhD students needing an overview of architectural history and theology.