Posted by Rog the Dodge on February 21, 2003 at 16:06:39:
In Reply to: Re: What does church architecture actually do in culture? Part 2 posted by CID on February 19, 2003 at 23:29:21:
I've been really interested in the further comments. A couple of ideas they have thrown up, based also on my own experience are these:
first, Western society's commodification of architecture has stressed its importance as process as against the more traditional architectural view of it as product. This inevitably affects any building which is of importance in cultural formation, such as a church. Second, in a desperate effort to remove the taint of elitism or institutionalism, building design has been subject to a creeping domestication whereby the law is deprived of majesty, healthcare of anxiety, politics of respect and religion of awe. Put these together with declining religious observance and one begins to understand the disappearance of the church as anchor in culture at large.
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