The idea of a blog on church architecture started after reading an article in The Telegraph, taken up later also in BD about Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi criticising certain modern church buildings as looking more like museums than places of worship.
As a practicing Catholic, I know from my own experience and also from many of my friends’ stories that indeed too many modern churches feel cold and sterile, detached from the religious sentiment and preoccupied more with achieving spatial novelties and attracting the architectural press’ attention than directing one’s heart and mind to God.
I believe there is a lot of misunderstanding surrounding ecclesiastical architecture, partly because of a lack of knowledge about the church’s doctrines. Through this blog I intend to raise awareness of this issue and move it from the fringes of the architectural conversation to the centre of the debate. Churches have a far more important role in our lives than many people realise, affecting not only how we pray but also the way we live and, arguably, even the way we organise our societies.
As an architectural assistant, I am also interested in exploring the relationship between the church building and the liturgy, how they influence and complement each other and how the space has an impact on the worshipper by documenting some of the most influential churches of the 20th and 21st century.
So if you enjoy the posts or are also passionate about church architecture, please share the blog, comment, or say about your own experience of your local church and contribute to the understanding of some of our most important but misjudged buildings.