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American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975

Catherine R. Osborne


This book asks why 20th century American Catholics stopped building churches that looked back to the middles ages, and began building churches that for the present and the future. It argues that belief in an evolutionary universe, a biological paradigm, united Catholic liturgists and modernist architects, enabling the development of a futurist architecture. The book explores the use of architectural models and theologians' and architects' interest in the latest technological developments. It traces the influence of theologians like Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ, and Harvey Cox on American Cat ... More

Keywords: American Catholicism, Catholic Church, Church Architecture, Modern Architecture, Liturgical Studies, Religion and Science, Ecclesiology, Eschatology, Vatican II, Second Vatican Council

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780226561028
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226561165.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine R. Osborne, author
Loyola Marymount University