Christian Resources

Websites, Organisations, Books


The principal resource is the Bible
For why and how to read the Bible arxbible



For more information on Jesus and Christianity

To read the Bible on line
To find Bible study tools
To find an Alpha Course near you

To look up Christian topics (including Art)


Christians in Architecture and Planning (formerly the Association of Christians in Planning and Architecture)





Christians in Architecture and Planning

The John Ray Initiative (sustainable development)



A Basic Reading List

Free Gospels

Above all start reading the Bible, preferably in a modern translation, starting with the Gospels in the New Testament.

There are few books specifically on a Christian approach to architecture, but the following, some now quite old, are recommended as basic background reading.

Other books can of course be found in the Annotated Bibliography, still available in its 1987 edition and currently being updated, and in the Community Development section.

New books are reviewed as they are published, but this does still leave a gap from 1987! - please send in reviews of your recommended books from this period.



'No Lasting City…' - Architecture, Planning and Christian Belief

on-line at

Ian Davis and John Phillips - Editors
UCCF 1999 for ACPA
Forward by John Gladwin, Bishop of Guildford
Why do We Build?    - Design with Purpose - An Anthology of Writings from the Association of Christians in Planning and Architecture

A symposium of the best of ACPA's writings from 1982 to 1999, with sections on Foundation Blocks, Faith in Planning, Form Follows Faith and Faith in Practice



An Annotated Bibliography - Christian Belief and the Built Environment

ed. Leslie Barker, UCCF 1987

ISBN 1 85169 250 9

This lists books, both secular and Christian, under the headings, The Built Environment, Art, Culture, Social Concern and Christian Belief; Working with Disadvantaged Groups; Redefining Architecture and Planning in the Light of Christian Belief; and The Psychological Impact of the Built Environment.


Living in the Kingdom - The Ethics of Jesus

by David Cook, Hodder & Stougton 1992

ISBN 0 340 41599 1

Dr. Cook considers Christ's ideals and values for good living, and the Christian manifesto for human relationships and life in the Kingdom.


Secular Work is Full Time Service

by Larry Peabody, CLC 1974

A classic debunking the myth that only clerics and missionaries are in full time service.

"This book proves that there is no scriptural authority for the belief that serving God in business is any less spiritual than serving God in full-time ministry."


Developing a Christian Mind

by Oliver Barclay, IVP 1984

ISBN 0 85110 456 8

This book develops an outlook that controls our life and thinking, and works it out in practical examples including work, unemployment and culture.


Issues Facing Christians Today

by John Stott, Marshalls 1984

Stott gives us a methodology for tackling the issues and a plethora of carefully worked out examples, including global concerns like the environment, and social concerns like work.


God's People in God's World

by John Gladwin, IVP 1979

ISBN 0 85110 596 3

Subtitled Biblical motives for social involvement, and written at a time when Christians were not yet convinced of the need or command, and when the academic, if not popular philosophy was Marxism rather than postmodernism. Gladwin was director of the Shaftesbury Project on Christian involvement in society, now amalgamated with The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.


 Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts

by Brand & Chaplin, Solway 1999

ISBN 1 900507 82 X

Signposts for Christians in the arts; conflicting influences on the Christian artist; returning to primary Biblical sources; applying the Bible to some basic art issues; attempts at definition and pointers for assessment; some ways forward for Christians in the arts. This book brings together and updates the best teaching on the subject over the last fifty years.


The Care of Creation

ed. R.J. Berry, IVP 2000

ISBN 0 85111 657 4

This book contains a series of essays by well known theologians and scientists with a concern for how we treat creation as Christians. Part of that concern is how use resources in our cities, and how to make cities sustainable, not only in purely environmental terms, but in terms of social justice as the city's resources are not shared fairly.    REVIEW


Ethics and the Built Environment

ed. W. Fox, Routledge 2000

ISBN 0 415 23878 1 £15.99

Not yet reviewed by arXitecture, but recommended. It includes not only the issues around sustainability, but also community involvement.


Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art

by Calvin Seerveld, Piquant 2001 £15.00

Christian art is the norm, not the pagan, humanist and secular art that has spoilt the gift of creativity. This is God's world, and the city, the culture, architecture and sculpture and music, like the cattle on a thousand hills, are meant to be an obedient and grateful response to the Lord. There is an extract in Third Way June 2001.


Except the Lord Build the House,     Third Way April 2000

         by Leslie Barker

See also  Articles and Reviews and Community Development





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