Posted by d on February 19, 2003 at 19:55:19:
In Reply to: Re: What does church architecture actually do in culture? Part 2 posted by Rog the Dodge on February 18, 2003 at 14:43:42:
I believe that the older way of worship, that is to say of a God who dwells in or is symbolised by a structure, is being replaced by a
worship of the beauty of the structure itself. This may, at first, be thought a kind of heresy or decadence.
For myself, however, this seems arguably an advance, in the sense that the possible arrangements of forms which we call art or design, are themselves manifestations of the divine; are, in fact, autonomous categories of perception, through which a divine sensibility reaches to us.
To be entranced by the beauty of a mosque or cathedral, I think,
is a perfectly devout mode of worship, for even if the structures are man-made, they are formed according to rules of proportion and economy which extend from a transcendant place.
One might even say that as churches and temples become more "secular", they paradoxically induce a higher state of aesthetic (and thus religious), involvement.
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