Why Church Architecture Matters



Psalm 96

For all the gods of the peoples are idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary.

Give to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord glory and strength.
Give to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come into His courts.
Oh, worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness!
Tremble before Him, all the earth.


2 thoughts on “Why Church Architecture Matters”


    A very Holy decree. The Temple of the Old testament, was abolished by God due to the ignorance of the Israelites, and thus the human body was transformed into the new Temple for our God, with the arrival of the Messiah…

    Architecture is important?


    1. Yes it is. I’ll grant you that buildings – like anything else – can become idols, but, yes, church architecture matters! As William Temple stated, one function of worship is “to purge the imagination with the beauty of God.” The architecture of the building may enhance or detract from that experience. Here is Collin Hansen, writing at The Gospel Coalition, in review of Rod Dreher’s book, The Benedict Option:
      Do you need to adopt Dreher’s Orthodox convictions about the formative effects of liturgical worship? Not necessarily, though you’ll want to consider whether worshiping in a church that looks like a mall with music that sounds like Top 40 radio helps you develop counter-cultural spiritual instincts.


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