The Catholic Culture Podcast: 143 – The Sacrament of Church Architecture

September 19, 2022

“Architecture is the developed form of ideas, and church architecture is the developed 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 sacred architects should use today.

McNamara is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College, architectural consultant, and author of numerous books on architecture.

Topics include:

  • The Biblical view 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 truths
  • How classical architecture works with the invisible forces of nature
  • The difference between liturgical and devotional images

Links

Architecture of the Catholic Church 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 Center for Beauty and Culture https://www.benedictine.edu/academics/centers/beauty-culture/index

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