“Religious people stand at the forefront of political movements in American cities and suburbs, too, often because their faith drives them to take more radical — and often more coordinated — action than do many secular people.” — Adam Gordon, The Next American City (Issue three, 2003)

Here are some resources to help those who would like further information about how city, culture and church intersect.


Sidewalks in the Kingdom: The New Urbanism and the Christian Faith.
By Eric Jacobsen (Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2003)

This book makes a case for the city as the communal context of our redemption and argues that we Christians have ignored the physical context of the city at our own peril. It defines the city in terms of six distinct markers and then teases out some of the theological issues that surround those markers.


Eric Jacobsen, “Sidewalks in the Kingdom”

New Urbanism was launched in the ’90s by urban planners and others who were concerned about the lack of a feeling of “place” in the modern suburb. But what grew from the movement were city centers with the surface ambiance of living communities, but lacking the social infrastructure of true neighborhoods. What did New Urbanists forget?

In November 2004, Eric Jacobsen, author of “Sidewalks in the Kingdom: New Urbanism and the Christian Faith,” spoke at a Work Research Foundation event in Hamilton, Ontario. He outlined his vision for a city design that doesn’t forget what the church can lend urban renewal.

The event also featured a formal response from renowned professor Dr. Craig Bartholomew, currently H. Evan Runner Chair of Philosophy at Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario.

More resources will continue to be listed in the future.

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