So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter (2 Thess. 2:15). Guard what has been entrusted to you. Avoid the godless chatter and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge, for by professing it some have missed the mark as regards faith (1 Tim. 6:21-22).

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Join the war on "IS"! That is, Iconoclast Stupidity.

The Eastern Church dealt with iconoclasts in the 8th Century. Protestants attacked churches and destroyed magnificent altarpieces, statuary and stained glass throughout the Reformation. Militant Islamists, to this day, routinely destroy the art and culture of diverse peoples in the name of their god.

Sadly, for almost 50 years, Catholic churches have been attacked and wrecked by Catholics possessing a mindset not unlike their image smashing predecessors.

Incarnational Christians need to hit back at the barbarians and assert the goodness and necessity of great art, music and architecture. If not the Church, who will bring truth, goodness and beauty to the heart of society? Without food for the soul, man withers. Man, without beauty, soon retreats into himself and soon demands escape from the gloom he has created.

The architects listed at this blog, for example, are doing their part to restore in the Church a sense of beauty and its travelling companion—i.e., a sense of the sacred.
Q. What do we mean by "incarnational" Christians?
A. We mean Christians who accept the implications of the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. He is the image of the unseen God. Christ made manifest is proof of God's approval of images.
Incarnational Christians demand orthodox theology in music because we know that we are formed by the music to which we are exposed and which we sing. Orthodox music is chant and sacred polyphony that is perfectly constructed according to the laws of harmony. Orthodox music gives prominence to the text.

We are shaped by the buildings in which we worship God. Architecture conditions relationships. There can be little doubt that the modern structures created for Catholic worship are producing Catholics who are illiterate and rebellious.

For far too long, Catholics have been deprived of the richness of the Faith by people who are threatened by the appreciation of spiritual intimacy with the Lord, truth and goodness that beautiful images foster in the believer. The Lord has given us the power to make beautiful things which honour His name and lead people home to God. We are created in the image of God. God is beautiful and makes beautiful things. How do we explain to the God Who made us in His own image the ugly churches that have been made for the past few decades?

The image breakers (altar breakers, wreckovators, muzak makers...) have no imagination. They deny the Incarnation by their crass denial of beauty in worship. The iconoclasts deny art because they hate themselves. The cannot see beauty in others nor the need to create beauty because their god is too small. They hide behind their trite catchphrases which herald the god of social justice but deny others food for the imagination, food for the soul.

The modern iconoclasts are to be pitied. They are focussed on material sustenance to the exclusion of man's spirit. They cannot understand nor appreciate that spiritual sustenance is essential to the well being of man.

Iconodules—gird yourselves for battle! Apprentice with the best painters, musicians, architects, sculptors, metal smiths and fabric artists. Let your joy and passion for the goodness of God's creation consume banality and lukewarm faith.

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