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A Theology of the Built Environment

A Theology of the Built Environment
Justice, Empowerment, Redemption


  • Date Published: July 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521891448

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  • In this 2002 book, Tim Gorringe reflects theologically on the built environment as a whole. Drawing on a wide range of both theological and social-scientific sources, Professor Gorringe explores Christianity in its urban settings, focussing on the use of space, design, architecture, and town planning to make a theological critique. After considering the divine grounding of constructed space, he looks at the ownership of land, the issues of housing, town and country, and the city, and then considers the built environment in terms of community and art. The book concludes with two chapters that set the whole within the framework of the environmental crisis and asks what directions the Church should be looking for in building for the future. This interesting book will challenge not only theologians, ethicists and sociologists of religion but also church teachers and professionals.

    • There are many theological reflections on the city but none on the built environment as a whole
    • Draws on a huge range of both theological and social scientific reading
    • Attempts to address an urgent contemporary problem which has not yet been put in ethical focus
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Professor Gorringe's book gives us plenty to think about.' Church Times

    'This is a brilliant, creative, sustained, wide ranging and enormously erudite contribution …' International Journal for the Study of the Christian Church

    'This is clearly a most important book, which, it is to be hoped, will spur other writers to pursue this vital subject, which affects every member of the world population.' Evangelical Quarterly

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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521891448
    • length: 296 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The theology of the built environment
    2. Constructed space and the presence of God
    3. The land
    4. The human dwelling
    5. From Eden to Jerusalem: town and country in the economy of redemption
    6. The meaning of the city
    7. Constructing community
    8. But is it art?
    9. God, nature and the built environment
    10. Towards Jerusalem?
    Select bibliography
    Index of names
    Index of subjects.

  • Author

    T. J. Gorringe, University of Exeter
    Tim Gorringe is Professor of Theological Studies at Exeter University. He is the author of many books including God's Just Vengeance (Cambridge University Press, 1996), and Karl Barth: Against Hegemony (1999).

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