A Theology of the Built Environment: Justice, Empowerment, by T. J. Gorringe

By T. J. Gorringe

T.J. Gorringe's booklet displays theologically at the equipped atmosphere. After contemplating the divine grounding of developed house, he appears to be like on the possession of land, the problems of housing (both city and rural) and considers the outfitted atmosphere by way of group and artwork. The booklet concludes with chapters that set every little thing in the present framework of the environmental quandary and query instructions the Church may be pursuing in construction for the longer term.

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But, as Manuel Castells has argued, the sense of place, of historical, regional and cultural  S. Sykes, ‘Spirituality and Mental Sickness’, in M. Nation and S. ), Faithfulness and Fortitude (Edinburgh: T&T Clark, ). He writes: ‘To define “spirituality” as “the human propensity to find meaning in life” is not merely to retreat from the concrete specificity of Christian spirituality. It is a transformation from a God centred account to one focused on humanity, which, if offered as a substitute for a Christian understanding, would be simply in massive contradiction to the main strands of the Christian tradition’ ( pp.

P. Hall, Cities of Tomorrow (Oxford: Blackwell, ), p. .  A Theology of the Built Environment requires both empowerment and something more, the possibility of beauty, precisely what was lost in Calcutta. I shall return to this question in the eighth chapter. Today feminist geographers make the point that the power implicit in the arrangement of space is also gendered. Patriarchy has a crucial spatial dimension, a point which is obvious as soon as it is made, but which most of the time, like all good ideologies, is invisible.

And yet most, if not all, cultures have sacred spaces – springs, wells, groves, mountains, churches, mosques, temples. Can we in fact dispense with an account of sacred space? In his defence of sacred space Mircea Eliade appeals to the story of the burning bush: ‘Come no closer! Remove the sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground’ (Exod. ).     W. Brueggemann, The Land (Philadelphia: Fortress, ), p. . A. Rapoport, House, Form and Culture (New Jersey: Prentice Hall, ), p.

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