By Richard Kieckhefer
Considering church structure has come to an deadlock. Reformers and traditionalists are speaking earlier one another. In Theology in Stone , Richard Kieckhefer seeks to assist each side movement past the standoff towards a fruitful dialog approximately homes of worship. Drawing on quite a lot of ancient examples with an eye fixed to their modern relevance, he bargains clean new principles concerning the meanings and makes use of of church structure.
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There may have appeared little connection, however it struck me in a second of popularity that the positions of the road performer and his viewers replicated precisely these of the priest and his congregation. In every one case, possibly one or 200 strangers who occurred to be passing by way of have been amassed heavily in entrance of 1 person, in a large meeting that afforded a feeling of proximity instead of intimacy. For the road performer this use of house was once perfect: it allowed the rapport together with his viewers that used to be crucial for his leisure. yet what function used to be served via the same dating of priest and congregation at mass? Did this association of liturgical area lend itself to congregational participation? Do these in attendance take part extra absolutely, or believe extra deeply engaged, than they might in a special kind of house? In spatial dynamics fifty nine truth, their modest participation on the Chiesa dell’Autostrada used to be scripted and formulaic instead of spontaneous; responses have been supplied upfront, and the priest was once not really to handle members within the congregation throughout the mass or to conscript them as “volunteers” within the demeanour of a highway performer. The viewers at Ravenna used to be way more visibly engaged within the occasion than the congregation at Florence. was once the priest installed the easy and simple place of a pacesetter in prayer for a congregation looking religious safe haven and refreshment? If that used to be the goal one could count on the priest to face with the congregation, both dealing with the altar with them, as Louis Bouyer steered, or collecting with them in a circle, instead of being set ahead of them because the heart in their awareness. Did this kind of liturgical house, then, aid to collapse a feeling of hierarchy or of contrast among clergy and laity? on the contrary, the nearer the laity have been to the priest, the extra truly they confronted the person on whom all their recognition was once targeted, precisely as in highway functionality. yet whereas the road performer knew that the luck of his act hinged solely at the strength of his character, few might make this assumption in a liturgical context. a specific priest could certainly express to the congregation a feeling of profound reverence, a awareness that every liturgical second has intensity and tool, in any other case a temper of intimate and informal familiarity, yet fairly few clergy notice both of those probabilities. but why else could one desire to layout a church that brings the congregation into an analogous actual courting with the priest road performer can placed to such first-class impact? The dynamics of intimacy fluctuate from these of proximity, and the Chiesa dell’Autostrada might be trying to do what many smooth communal church buildings try, that is to realize a feeling of intimacy in a surroundings that may in attaining merely proximity. the place six or twelve everyone is collected approximately an altar for worship on a weekday morning, the intimacy of the collection can generate one of those power that's much less a functionality of the presider’s character than that of the group’s personal dynamics.