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Monday, January 14, 2013

Book Review: THE CHURCH BUILDING AS A SACRED PLACE: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal


Although I admit I really enjoyed the many pictures of beautiful churches, this is so much more than just a picture book.   There is a lot more involved with church design and architecture than I knew, or most readers might know.  Here are few of the chapters included (there are 23 chapters and 3 appendixes):

The Altar as the Center of the Church:Principles of Design
The Purpose of a Church
Learning from Rome
Canonical Church Documents
The Sizes of Churches (the dimensions of the most well-known Basilica's and Cathedrals world-wide) 

The clear emphasis is on the nature and purpose of churches.  Mr. Stroik is a true champion of beauty in churches and indeed, here is one of his predictions for  the future of Catholic Architecture:

A renaissance of Catholic architecture will ensue, when large numbers of the lay faithful and the Church leadership begin demanding beauty in the house of God

An excellint and inspiring book.


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