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Shop Window, Flagship, Common Ground

Metaphor in Cathedral and Congregation Studies

Shop Window, Flagship, Common Ground

Metaphor in Cathedral and Congregation Studies

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334058410
Published: 30/11/2019

How are cathedrals and churches understood? Are they shop windows, through which to gaze at the riches on offer within the Christian life? Are they flagships of the Spirit? Are they both sacred spaces and community utilities?

Shop-Window, Flagship, Common Ground views the rich ministry and innovative mission of cathedrals through the novel lens of metaphor; and it offers comparative insights on cathedrals and cathedral-like churches.

Located in the emerging international field of cathedral studies, the book explores the usage and inferences of a range of metaphors, including ‘shop-windows of the Church of England’, ‘flagships of the Spirit’, ‘beacons of the Christian faith’, ‘magnets’, and ‘sacred space, common ground’.

This volume also shows how such metaphors can stimulate different types of research about the function of cathedral and church buildings.

With a foreword by Professor Grace Davie, the book suggests that cathedrals and cathedral-like churches may play a role within 'vicarious religion' theory. It will provide a thought-provoking critique for practitioners and a valuable contribution for scholars of cathedral studies, congregational studies and ecclesiology.

Preface vii 

Acknowledgement xi 

Foreword by Grace Davie xiii

 

Part 1 Introduction 1 

1 Cathedral Studies and Greater Churches 3 

2 Metaphor 19 

3 Metaphors in Cathedral Studies 36

 

Part 2 Interpreting Popular Metaphors 49 

4 Shop-Windows of the Church of England 51 

5 Flagship, Beacon, and Magnet 67 

6 Sacred Space, Common Ground 86

 

Part 3 Metaphors Stimulating Research 107 

7 Shop-Windows and Vicarious Religion 109 

8 Flagships in a Sea of Unbelief 125 

9 A Greater Church as Sacred Space, Common Ground 136

 

Part 4 Cathedral Thinking 153 

10 Cathedral: Adjective, Misnomer, Yardstick, Metaphor 155 

11 Conclusion 171

 

Bibliography 176 

Index of Names and Subjects 200

Judith Muskett

Judith A. Muskett is a Visiting Fellow at York St John University.

"Cathedral Studies" has come of age in Judith Muskett's comprehensive and perceptive analysis of the place of cathedrals and the impact of the metaphors used to describe them. This book is a milestone as in collecting together and sharpening recent research and reflection on the place of cathedrals and great churches in our national life. -- Stephen Platten, Author of Holy Ground: Cathedrals in the 21st Century.'