From Housing to Homemaking: Worldviews and the Shaping of Home

Brian J. Walsh

It is common to hear the argument that home is more than shelter, that a house does not make a home. But if the experience of being at “home” is something that goes beyond housing, what is that beyond? In this essay Brian J. Walsh suggests that worldviews are foundational to the shaping of house into home. Beginning with examples of homelessness rooted in the rupture of a worldview, he suggests a multidimensional understanding of worldviews that illustrates how the built environment - especially housing - is an important way in which worldviews are embodied (for good and ill) in cultural praxis. Mr. Walsh is Adjunct Professor of Theology of Culture at Wycliffe College and a Christian Reformed campus minister at the University of Toronto.

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