Temples for a Modern God: Religious Architecture in Postwar America

Hardcover | December 28, 2012

byJay M. Price

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Temples for a Modern God is one of the first major studies of American religious architecture in the postwar period, and it reveals the diverse and complicated set of issues that emerged just as one of the nation's biggest building booms unfolded. Jay Price tells the story of how a movementconsisting of denominational architectural bureaus, freelance consultants, architects, professional and religious organizations, religious building journals, professional conferences, artistic studios, and specialized businesses came to have a profound influence on the nature of sacred space. Debates over architectural style coincided with equally significant changes in worship practice. Meanwhile, suburbanization and the baby boom required a new type of worship facility, one that had to attract members and serve a social role as much as it had to to honor the Divine. Price usesreligious architecture to explore how Mainline Protestantism, Catholicism, Judaism, and other traditions moved beyond their ethnic, regional, and cultural enclaves to create a built environment that was simultaneously intertwined with technology and social change, yet rooted in fluid and shiftingsense of tradition. Price argues that these structures, as often mocked as loved, were physical embodiments of a significant, if underappreciated, era in American religious history.

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Temples for a Modern God is one of the first major studies of American religious architecture in the postwar period, and it reveals the diverse and complicated set of issues that emerged just as one of the nation's biggest building booms unfolded. Jay Price tells the story of how a movementconsisting of denominational architectural bur...

Jay M. Price directs the Public History Program at Wichita State University. His publications include Gateways to the Southwest: The Story of Arizona State Parks as well as several books on local history, most recently, Wichita's Lebanese Heritage and Kansas: In the Heart of Tornado Alley. He serves on the boards of the Kansas Humanit...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:292 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:December 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019992595X

ISBN - 13:9780199925957

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Search for a Better Church Building2. The Postwar House of Worship3. Postwar Religious Building: A Negotiated4. Making a Modern Church Still Look Like a Church5. "Let's Stop Building Cathedrals"Conclusion: An Unappreciated LegacyBibliography