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The Lion Companion to Church Architecture – David Stancliffe

September 23, 2016

tlctcaAs with all Lion books, this is beautifully presente4df and lavishly illustrated.

Unlike most of their books, it isn’t written by an evangelical, whoch is good.

I knew the author when I was on the executive off Affirming Catholicism and he was our president. Like himself, the book is broad, expansive and generous.

He traces development from the early Roman house churches through Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic structures is addressed, as are the significant changes brought about by the Reformation.

Gods‘s house or the meeting place for his people?  Pointing beyond itself to the transcendent or welcoming God as imminent?  Altar-cenrred or pulpit contered?

His old cathedral at Portsmouth is held up as a model or reordering.

But he doesn’t cover mega-churches – auditorium for entertainment with cinema seats and drum kits.

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