“Architecture is the built form of ideas, and church architecture is the built form of theology.”
Denis McNamara joins the Catholic Culture podcast to give a crash course in the underlying principles of Catholic church architecture, and make the case for classical architecture as the method that should be used by today’s sacred architects.
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McNamara is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College, architectural consultant, and author of multiple books on architecture.
- The Biblical vision of church architecture
- The church building as part of the liturgical rite
- The church building as a “sacrament” of the glorified, mystical Body of Christ and vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
- The importance of the Temple
- How liturgical art conveys glorified realities
- How classical architecture makes visible nature’s invisible forces
- The difference between liturgical and devotional images
Catholic Church Architecture and the Spirit of the Liturgy https://www.amazon.com/Catholic-Church-Architecture-Spirit-Liturgy/dp/1595250271
How to Read Churches https://www.amazon.com/How-Read-Churches-ecclesiastical-architecture/dp/1408128365
The Liturgy Guys https://www.liturgyguys.com
Benedictine College’s Center for Beauty and Culture https://www.benedictine.edu/academics/centers/beauty-culture/index