143—The Sacrament of Church Architecture—Denis McNamara
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“Architecture is the built form of ideas, and church architecture is the built form of theology.”
Denis McNamara joins the show 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.
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
Theme music: “Franciscan Eyes”, written and performed by Thomas Mirus. Download the Catholic Culture Podcast soundtrack.
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