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).

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Stroik on Church Architecture

ChurchPop has published a series of statements by Duncan Stroik, architect par excellence, entitled 10 Myths About Contemporary Sacred Architecture That Need to Die.
Myth #6) The fan shape, in which everyone can see the assembly and be close to the altar, is the most appropriate form for expressing the full, active, and conscious participation of the body of Christ.
This myth comes out of the questionable view that the assembly is the primary symbol of the church. The fan shape is a wonderful shape for theater, for lectures, even for representative government—it is not an appropriate shape for the Liturgy. Ironically, the goal often stated for the fan shape is to get more participation from the faithful, yet the semicircular shape is derived from a room for entertainment.
The fan does not derive from the writings of Vatican II; it derives from the Greek or Roman theater. Up until recently, it was never used as a model for Catholic churches. In fact, the first theater churches were nineteenth century Protestant auditoriums designed to focus on the preacher.

Duncan G. Stroik is the 2016 recipient of the Arthur Ross Award. He is
Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and founding editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal. His work continues the tradition of classical and Palladian architecture, also known as New Classical Architecture.—Wikipedia

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