The Building of a Cathedral

The Protestant world has, for the most part, abandoned a theology of beauty, something that deserves a bit of a post somewhere else in this blog.  However, it appears that one presbyterian church in Tennessee has built an ancient–style gothic cathedral for their church building.  Perhaps it is extravagant, but it is a reflection of the beauty of God, and I think such a space has the capacity to draw one towards God because of that reflection.  Here is a link to a video of the building process as well as a discussion on another blog.

Cathedral Video

Internet Monk Discussion

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3 responses

  1. Mark Summers

    Wow. What an incredibly impressive church building. And what a brave and believing group of people to undertake such an amazing capital project. The concept, however, is a struggle for me. I can certainly see all the good and well-reasoned justifications for such an investment, but I can also see all the other ways those resources could be used to help people and to further God’s kingdom. I guess, in the end, it’s not up to us to make that determination. Clearly, the Holy Spirit prompted and prodded that those people to build, and His prompting is perfect. . .so it must have been exactly what that congregation and that community needed. Thanks for sharing that story.

    MDS

    August 12, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    • That’s the most common questioning response to this kind of thing I see. There’s a pragmatism that seems to say this such a use of funds is unreasonable, but that’s the same response that Judas and likely more of the disciples gave when the woman anointed Jesus with the expensive perfume, and Jesus said that what she did was a beautiful thing. There’s something more going on in God’s heart than the practical, and I think Evangelicals more than most Christians tend to miss out on this. God values beauty (just as apparently you did in the poem that of yours I saw!), and it seems to affect us in ways that are not easily quantifiable or matched to dollars and figures.

      August 12, 2009 at 3:54 pm

  2. Mark Summers

    Well said. I had not immediately brought to mind the story of Jesus and the anointing oil. A very good illustration from Scripture of God’s heart in this regard.

    MDS

    August 13, 2009 at 7:38 am

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