The Geometry Of Love: Space, Time, Mystery And Meaning In An Ordinary Church Margaret Visser

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The Geometry Of Love: Space, Time, Mystery And Meaning In An Ordinary Church  by  Margaret Visser

The Geometry Of Love: Space, Time, Mystery And Meaning In An Ordinary Church by Margaret Visser
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More than any other kind of edifice, a church is intentionally meaningful in all its aspects, and Visser decided to find out what it was trying to express, in its nuances as well as in its grand gestures. She deliberately chose a relatively simpleMoreMore than any other kind of edifice, a church is intentionally meaningful in all its aspects, and Visser decided to find out what it was trying to express, in its nuances as well as in its grand gestures.

She deliberately chose a relatively simple church just outside the walls of Rome, SantAgnese fuori le Mura, and takes in history, theology, anthropology, and folklore, among other disciplines, to illuminate its physical and spiritual architecture. As she guides us through the building, from apse to nave, catacombs to campanile, Visser explores the symbolism of lambs, the Christian fascination with virgins, the meanings of martyrdom, and the history of relics. At the same time, she moves back through the centuries to reveal Christianity in its earliest forms and purposes.

The book ends at the churchs beginning, with the grave of Agnes, a twelve-year-old girl who was murdered seventeen hundred years ago and whose remains lie buried beneath the altar.--BOOK JACKET.



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