Monthly Archives: October 2010

Beautiful postmodern traditional church design

I came across this church and had to share…

 

The Maxim Velcovsky along with designer Jakub Berdych under from Qubus Studio redesigned the interior of St. Bartholomew’s church in Eastern Bohemia.

 

I know looks aren’t everything… but this is amazing!

 

I’ve always been torn between old traditional church building adorned with stain glass windows and stonewalls, and the postmodern interior design. This is a perfect blend of the two. You feel the connection with tradition, however it’s reimaged and connects speaks to the future. Moreover, it feels deeply spiritual. The chairs look like saints or angels on bended knee, yet with the four chairs in the front the idea of authority is not centralized in one place or figure. There is instead a panel or counsel leading in front of the community. And without a pulpit the leader is venerable and open to the people. Overall, the design is deeply authentic and welcoming.

For more about this church or its designers check out this link or search St. Bartholomew’s from Qubus Studio.

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Why Did God Create Evil?

“Since God is the highest good, He would not allow evil to exist in his works, unless His omnipotence and goodness were such as to bring good even out of evil. This is part of the infinite goodness of God that He should allow evil to exist, and out of it produce good.” Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas pg27

Summary:

God allows evil to exist so he can demonstrate his supremacy and ultimate goodness by making good out of evil.

Interpretation:

The entire play of events that proceeds from Genesis to the end was a demonstration of Gods ultimate goodness and power to produce good from evil, before its final judgment.

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The entire play of events from Genesis to the end is God seeking to redeem good from evil rather than to simply judge evil. A lesser god in power and goodness could only judge evil, but a greater god in both goodness and power could redeem and transform evil and make good of it.

Problem:

If man has the ability to do both good and evil he can both work for and against God. Furthermore, if man can work for God of his own ability than he is equal in ability with God. Therefore, it must be understood that man can work evil in his own ability, but he can work good only by quickening of God’s Spirit in him. God as the prime mover is the only one to act in pure goodness in and of himself.

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Did God create evil?

It would seem that the highest good, God, is the cause of evil. Introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas, pg 274

Isaiah 14:5, 7 “I am the Lord, and there is no other God, forming light, and creating darkness, making peace, and creating evil.”

Amos 3:6 “Shall there be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done?”

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Worship is a gift

Worship is a gift, not that we give but that we are allowed to give.

Worship is hindered by sin one has committed toward other people. When one worships while in sin their worship is reduced to vanity and is offensive to God.

True worship is the highest expression on man. It is a reversal of the great command and the second which is like it, to love the Lord you’re God, and love your neighbor, because we first have to love our neighbor before we can approach God and display our love to him in worship.

Furthermore, Jesus said he would receive our love and acceptance of him based on how we loved and acceptance the least of our brethren. So if one does not love his neighbor why would they want to worship God the maker of man?

Worship has been reduced to an individual expression. It has become something one does before God, instead of something that one does before God and man. Worship has been reduced to praise rather that a holistic expression of a life before God. What I mean is that one can sing praise songs for 30min on a Sunday without respect for their actions during the week and consider it worship.

Worship is the command we are privileged to participate in only after we have obeyed his command to love our neighbor.

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