Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Wondrous Houses of Worship

Wondrous Houses of Worship

Fascinating look here at the modern equivalents to the magnificent cathedrals of days past. Share with us...what do the pictures and descriptions evoke in your spirit? Wonder, awe, inspiration, criticism, thankfulness, ??? Any good scriptures or biblical stories come to mind?

Sir Chuck

6 comments:

  1. Wonder. Not just at their size but at the ingenuity of their craftsmanship. Also it makes me think of all that went into them; pious burgers and peasants humbly contributing their money and labor. Cynical nobles hoping for a "get out of hell free" card. And those in between. Skilled craftsmen devoting their talent to it out of either piety or desire to display their talent(probably both). And history-those things would take generations to build incorporating the fashion of each time until it was something far different.
    And the clerics who ministered their some pious and loving souls guideing the Faithful as best they knew, some cynical intriguers making a pretense of righteousness. And all the Faithful who came from all walks of life, rich and poor.
    And the stories told in the stained glass and the paintings; the pictures drawn to teach people in an illiterate age.
    Those buildings show not just beauty but a wonder. They are the place where the flock gathered and they showed all the sublime things and all the base. God's church as it is now and a hint of what it will be. Great good there but also great evil, the more shocking for it's claims. A display of the imperfect and flawed but a hint of the completed.

    Jason Taylor

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  2. burgers

    or rather burghers

    =townsman. I thought of citizen but that wouldn't really apply as most lived an intensely autocratic society.
    I didn't think of "townsfolk" at the time.

    And no the word has nothing to do with McDonald's

    Sir Jason

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  3. Those cathedrals have something else wondrous about them; they are more spectacular then other similar structures in a special way.
    The Egyptian pyrimids are monuments to the selfish superstition of forgotten kings. The Aztec ones were places of diabolical rites-a little corner of hell on earth. The Collesium was a place to fulfill sadistic perversion and unbelievable arogance.
    These cathedrals are different. They are an attempt to be holy combined with the acknowledgement that no one can ever succeed on their own. Other places announce, "I am Ozymandias". These were built to be places where even Ozymandias must kneel.

    Sir Jason

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  4. Good comments, Sir Ja. The feelings do run the gamut. When I saw the picture of the Lakewood Church, I recalled some criticism in the news from more constrained Christians. But when I consider that I used to go to the Compaq Center (it was called The Summit in those days) to worship the local sports heros (Hakeem!!!!!), and now that same arena is filled every week with people worshipping the greatest Hero of all, I think that is a good thing. Even if it is a little flashy...

    Sir Chuck, the Rocket Man

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  5. WE just saw "THE NATIVITY" Movie at the local Theatre....WHAT A "REAL EXPERIENCE...LUKE # 2 " ALIVE..sights and sounds...made you want to just sit and linger afterwards and "stay there..."Scritures were so real ass potrayed in this EXCELLENT presentation....! Everyone must see/experience: this movie... !Hallelujah! Hallelujah..! Hallelujah...!

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  6. Thanks for the report, "anon". I've been trying to decide waht movie to take the family to for a Christmas treat, and your recommendation made that decision for me.

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