Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Secular Temples

Architecture matters.

Bruce Waltke writes,

On a tour through the campus of the University of Washington, I noted the architecture of its main library--a replica of a cathedral with three arches and three doors. There are also statues, visages of Voltaire, Rousseau, and other rationalists. It is a cathedral, a place of worship. But the god is Human Reason, its worldview is that of the Enlightenment, its prophets are atheists, its bible is Nature, and sanctification is by elitist learning. The function of this monumental architecture is unmistakable: to baptize students in the cult of Secular Enlightenment.

 An Old Testament Theology, 457

Not all structures are so obvious, of course. But the point still stands. Architecture matters. It communicates, and the wise pay attention to what it is saying.

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