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Theology for Atheists

168 pp. Published by Nisbet House, Ottawa, Canada.
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This book is a joyful romp in the fields of the Lord. It opens up the possibility for atheists to join in the celebrations of a religious community; to share in their rituals and devotions without having to adopt their beliefs. Here they can join with other atheists who are already there... and the church needs them because it is the atheists who hold the future of the church and the survival of the planet in their hands. The text provides cogent answers to the three Cosmic FAQ's: Where do we come from? Why are we here? and Where are we going?

"It's the most fun serious work I have ever read"
ROBINETTA GAZE, Former Editor, Methuen Educational

Liturgical Architecture: Creating Space for Worship

Published in the peer-reviewed Toronto Journal of Theology vol 28/1, Spring 2012.
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General Editor Abrahim H. Kahn
A publication of University of Toronto Press Inc. for the Toronto School of Theology
[ABSTRACT]  Space is a positive entity, capable of expression. It is the materiel of architecture. Rudolf Schwarz proposed six forms of space (the Six Plans) that would support Christian worship. I identify these six aspects of worship as contemplation, pastoral care, witness, dedication, evangelism, and justice. I give a functional analysis of each plan and an example of how it has been realized in practice. These plans create sacred spaces, each of which can support all the ministries of the Church.

Experimenting with the Liturgy

Published in Liturgy Canada
Vol III No 2 Pentecost 1993
A publication of The Hoskin Group
David H. Smart, Editor
www.liturgy.ca
6 Hamilton Street, Stratford, ON N5A 7P4
[ABSTRACT]  Numerous congregations have attempted to revitalise their worship by renewing their liturgies. These experiments were doomed to fail if they were not preceded by a revision of infrastructure - such items as dedicated lighting and appropriate sightlines so the people can see what is happening, a supportive acoustic environment and a good sound system to enable preaching and encourage congregational singing, and a seating plan to promote focus and foster community. Experience shows that these items (or a jury-rigged versions of them) need to be installed if the transition is going to be a success.

Sacred Geometry and the Church of the Holy Trinity

Published in "The Anglican",
the Journal of the Diocese of Toronto
January 1985. page 26
Margaret Parson, Editor.
[ABSTRACT]  Following the angel's admonition in Revelation 11.1 I took a 100ft tape and measured the Church of the Holy Trinity in downtown Toronto. I started with the nave. Dividing the length by the breadth thereof yielded a ratio of 1.73. This is the exact proportion of the Vesica Pisces, an ancient Christian and pre-Christian symbol formed by the intersection of two equal circles the centre of each of which lies on the circum-ference of the other. To celebrate this a trace of the Vesica was painted on the ceiling.