The Space Between: A Christian Engagement with the Built Environment Eric O. Jacobsen | Baker Academic

“In The Space Between, Eric O. Jacobsen sets himself two goals: to get us to attend to urban space–the space between the buildings in a city or village–and to explain why Christians in particular should care about the quality of urban space. He succeeds admirably on both counts; cities will look different to you once you have read this book. Along the way he also introduces us to some of the most recent writings on urban space, and he offers a compelling explanation of why the urban space of our present-day American cities came to be as it is and why we should be dissatisfied with it. It’s a fine contribution to an extremely important topic that has been neglected for too long by too many.”–Nicholas Wolterstorff, Noah Porter Professor Emeritus of Philosophical Theology, Yale University; senior fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture, University of Virginia

“Jacobsen’s book awakens us from our Gnostic slumbers. It reminds us that as embodied beings, we not only move through space but inhabit particular places. And it asks us how we ought to make and dwell in the built environment to the glory of God. The Space Between takes us on an eye-opening tour of the places that both shape and reflect us. Readers may never look at their homes, neighborhoods, towns, and churches in the same way again. This is an important first step in reclaiming the locality of the local church.”–Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“Jesus urges us to love our neighbor, but in many modern cities we have destroyed our neighborhoods, making it much more difficult to know who our neighbors are, let alone love them. In this compelling and beautifully written book Eric Jacobsen tells us how that has happened, why it matters, and what we should be doing about it. This book calls us to think again, and more theologically, about the way our built environment shapes our life together. It invites us to consider how, through the shaping of our neighborhoods, we may participate more faithfully in the coming kingdom of God.”–Murray Rae, professor of theology, University of Otago

“The Space Between presses the argument for the importance of the built environment to the mission of the church, deepening the challenge before us of partnering in the emerging kingdom of God. Jacobsen demonstrates that the church’s intellectuals are bringing to bear on the world of ideas the insights of Christian theology and our own intuitive experiences of the places we inhabit. Given the scale of what we have built–from the sprawling exurbs to the troubled cities–there is much to say and do. The Space Between opens our imaginations to see that the places we make can and should be sustainable realizations of beauty and places of justice.”–Christopher C. Miller, assistant chair for graduate programs, department of architecture, Judson University

“Eric Jacobsen’s The Space Between is a seasoned Presbyterian pastor’s account of the reciprocal relationship between urban form and communal life. As Pope Benedict XVI reminds us, ‘Life in society must be considered first and foremost as a spiritual reality.’ And Jacobsen, working from a Christ-centered perspective emphasizing both justice and generosity, articulates not only for pastors and laypeople but also for neo-traditional urbanists what religious communities have to gain from traditional towns and neighborhoods, and what they have to give. Highly recommended.”–Philip Bess, director of graduate studies, University of Notre Dame School of Architecture; author, Till We Have Built Jerusalem

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One Comment

  1. Is there any commentary on this book? Seems to be merely a listing of endorsements from the book jacket.

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