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Church Architecture
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I. General – II. The West – III. Theology and Practical Theology – IV. Orthodox Churches – V. Asia, Africa, Latin America

I. General

Churches are built to provide a physical setting for the Christian celebration of the Eucharist, in order to shelter it and also to give it a place of prominence set apart from the outside world. The Bible does not discuss the legitimation and need for churches as distinct …

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Freigang, Christian, White, Susan J., Schellewald, Barbara, Takenaka, Masao, Walls, Andrew F. and Koschorke, Klaus, “Church Architecture”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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