Ugly As Sin: Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces and How We Can Change Them Back Again (Forthright Edition)

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The problem with new-style churches isn't just that they're ugly — they actually distort the Faith and lead Catholics away from Catholicism.

So argues Michel S. Rose in these eye-opening pages, which banish forever the notion that lovers of traditional-style churches are motivated simply by taste or nostalgia. In terms that non-architects can understand (and modern architects can't dismiss!), Rose shows that far more is at stake: modern churches actually violate the three natural laws of church architecture and lead Catholics to worship, quite simply, a false god.

Not content to limit himself to theory, Rose takes you on a revealing tour through a traditional church and a modern church. He shows conclusively how the traditional church communicates the Faith, while the modern one simply doesn't. In the process, he'll give you a renewed love and gratitude for the gift of faith that is your traditional church — plus a keener sense of just what's wrong with modern churches that look like anything but churches. Rose provides you with solid arguments (as easy to explain as they are hard to refute!) and practical tools that you can use to reverse the dangerous trend toward desacralized churches — and to make our churches once again into magnificent Houses of God!

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Michael S. Rose is the author of the NY Times bestseller, Goodbye, Good Men and of Ugly as Sin.

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Architectural theology may be something you have never considered, but editor and writer Rose (Renovation Manipulation) has, and here he explains why it is important to Catholic worshipers. Rose gives evidence on how new-style Catholic churches based on the National Conference of Catholic Bishops' Environment and Art in Catholic Worship (Liturgy Training Pubns., 1993) reflect liturgical reductionism. He begins with three natural laws used in evaluating local churches: verticality (reaching to the heavens), permanence (transcending space and time), and iconography (the building itself as art). Modern church architect Edward A. Sovik is cited for fashioning an architectural change that negated these three laws and created a nondenominational meeting space. The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) encouraged active participation in the Mass, which, Rose argues, has resulted in a modern nonchurch. Rose's previous book was a call to action for Catholic laity and clerics to restore the sacred, while this book is more encompassing, ranging from a history of Catholic church architecture to restoration and preservation. For students of architecture and larger Catholic religion collections. Leo Kriz, West Des Moines P.L.
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