Articles on Art and Architecture
“Oh, beauty, ever ancient and ever new.” Saint Augustine
Preaching Hall or Temple?
One of the basic principles of modern architecture is “form follows function.” In other words, ask what a building is for and it you will know how it should be built. When you are [...]
English Churches Ancient and Modern
I’m lucky. My job as a charity representative means I visit a different parish every weekend. Travelling around Southwest England gives me the chance to indulge in one of my favourite hobbies—church snooping. Any [...]
Wrecking Churches: Iconoclasm or Continuity?
There are few better illustrations of the clash between conservative values and progressive ideologies than the church architecture wars of the last fifty years. Although traditional architecture was dismissed by most Christian denominations, the [...]
Kitsch or Kitchen Sink?
Illustrating Conservatism with Andrew Wyeth and Thomas Kincade In 2012 Thomas Kincade, “America’s Painter of Light” died in his sleep at his home in California. He was fifty four. Three years earlier another American [...]
A Little Holy Trinity
The first thing everyone says when they see the new church we are building in Greenville, South Carolina is, “It’s beautiful!”. This is not the response I hear when they look on the utilitarian, [...]
Living in the Past in the Present
Part of being a Catholic is to live in the past in the present. What I am getting at is the idea that the universality of the Catholic faith means that it transcends not [...]