For at least four decades now, historians have been busy demythologizing modernism. It continues to be a fruitful area of research, as there is no shortage of ways in which any monolithic view of modernism can show itself to be problematic. Among relatively recent aspects of such work are the myriad appearances of religious topics in a period for which increasing secularization, if not widespread hostility to religion, is readily presumed to be coterminous with, if not constitutive of, modernity. There are reasons behind such presumptions, for a central (even if not defining) condition of modernity is surely an increasing critique of religion as traditionally conceived. Whether this critique is construed and experienced as the death of God (as Friedrich Nietzsche had it), the falling apart of Christendom (as Christianity’s institutional metanarrative), Christianity’s own theological demythologization, or just the waning of religious authority amid splintering denominational claims, there are reasons...
Review: The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture: A Reader, by Renata Hejduk and Jim Williamson, eds.
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Timothy Parker; Review: The Religious Imagination in Modern and Contemporary Architecture: A Reader, by Renata Hejduk and Jim Williamson, eds.. Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians 1 March 2015; 74 (1): 117–118. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jsah.2015.74.1.117
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