Architecture: Communal Gathering in a Theo-Poetic Space
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The built environment can be viewed as an extension of God’s good creation. This chapter shows how architecture aids one’s holistic formation by shaping and informing a person’s emotional existences. Church communities can extend a robust creational theology for generations to come by intentionally approaching architecture with a sense of God’s immanent presence and the surrounding natural elements. This chapter traces the historical innovations in church architecture through the centuries, positing that one can make truly formative architecture when he or she is mindful of the environment, community, and theological symbolism.