Friday, November 18, 2005

New Spiritual Mindsets



From Architecture from the Middle Ages, by Ulrike Laule, Rolf Toman, and Achim Bednorz (ISBN 389985053x; Berlin: Feierabend, 2004), p 8:

"The preserved and excavated legacies of an era make it possible to reconstruct the progeny and development of a style. The precondition for a style's existence is always a new esthetic ideal, a changing feel for space, which may result from changes in devoutness, a restructuring of liturgical rites, a change in the dominant cult, or from a new spiritual mindset."

I am enough of an adherent to the rule of prescription not to require that all churches build cathedrals. Yet this remark is instructive, not merely for why architectural styles have changed from cathedrals, but why all styles change or develop (or disappear). In part, it speaks to the fact that the culture of Christianity has changed. There may what some believe to be good reasons why we do not build cathedrals anymore. The point is that those reasons exist, and that they have become important enough to move us to build our places of worship differently. We also learn here that the decisions we make in how we build our replacements come from somewhere and are based in some different sensibility. We feel and think differently, therefore we, in many instanes, build (and sing and preach and pray) differently.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Aniol said...

Ryan, let's plant a church together some day. No one may come, but it would sure be fun!

11/18/2005 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I'm game.

11/18/2005 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Neoclassical said...

Ryan,

I think you should dedicate yourself to architecture.

Joel can concern himself with satire, exlibris can talk about medieval books, Scott about church stuff, Lilrabbi about philosophy, Dr. Bauder can do exegesis, Katrina about cooking, and we should have several different blogs with different emphases.

11/18/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I appreciate your suggestion, but intend to make the scope here wide and liberal.

That and I know very little about architecture. And I mean in comparison with other subjects. I intend to demonstrate my ignorance in many other areas.

You're thinking like a modernist, with these crazy notions of specialization.

11/18/2005 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

I've seen pictures of Katrina's dishes...this could be a very good thing. I think Scott would have a ball!

11/18/2005 07:54:00 PM  

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Friday, November 18, 2005

New Spiritual Mindsets



From Architecture from the Middle Ages, by Ulrike Laule, Rolf Toman, and Achim Bednorz (ISBN 389985053x; Berlin: Feierabend, 2004), p 8:

"The preserved and excavated legacies of an era make it possible to reconstruct the progeny and development of a style. The precondition for a style's existence is always a new esthetic ideal, a changing feel for space, which may result from changes in devoutness, a restructuring of liturgical rites, a change in the dominant cult, or from a new spiritual mindset."

I am enough of an adherent to the rule of prescription not to require that all churches build cathedrals. Yet this remark is instructive, not merely for why architectural styles have changed from cathedrals, but why all styles change or develop (or disappear). In part, it speaks to the fact that the culture of Christianity has changed. There may what some believe to be good reasons why we do not build cathedrals anymore. The point is that those reasons exist, and that they have become important enough to move us to build our places of worship differently. We also learn here that the decisions we make in how we build our replacements come from somewhere and are based in some different sensibility. We feel and think differently, therefore we, in many instanes, build (and sing and preach and pray) differently.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Scott Aniol said...

Ryan, let's plant a church together some day. No one may come, but it would sure be fun!

11/18/2005 10:39:00 AM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I'm game.

11/18/2005 10:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Neoclassical said...

Ryan,

I think you should dedicate yourself to architecture.

Joel can concern himself with satire, exlibris can talk about medieval books, Scott about church stuff, Lilrabbi about philosophy, Dr. Bauder can do exegesis, Katrina about cooking, and we should have several different blogs with different emphases.

11/18/2005 05:12:00 PM  
Blogger Ryan Martin said...

I appreciate your suggestion, but intend to make the scope here wide and liberal.

That and I know very little about architecture. And I mean in comparison with other subjects. I intend to demonstrate my ignorance in many other areas.

You're thinking like a modernist, with these crazy notions of specialization.

11/18/2005 06:45:00 PM  
Blogger lilrabbi said...

I've seen pictures of Katrina's dishes...this could be a very good thing. I think Scott would have a ball!

11/18/2005 07:54:00 PM  

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