Ugly as Sin: Why They Changed Our Churches from Sacred Places to Meeting Spaces and how We Can Change Them Back Again

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Sophia Institute Press, 2001 - Architecture - 239 pages
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How Catholic churches are being sapped

of their spiritual vitality and what you can do about it.

The problem with new-style churches isn't just that they're ugly they actually distort the Faith and lead Catholics away from Catholicism.

So argues Michel S. Rose in these eye-opening pages, which banish forever the notion that lovers of traditional-style churches are motivated simply by taste or nostalgia. In terms that non-architects can understand (and modern architects can't dismiss!), Rose shows that far more is at stake: modern churches actually violate the three natural laws of church architecture and lead Catholics to worship, quite simply, a false god.

Not content to limit himself to theory, Rose takes you on a revealing tour through a traditional church and a modern church. He shows conclusively how the traditional church communicates the Faith, while the modern one simply doesn't. In the process, he'll give you a renewed love and gratitude for the gift of faith that is your traditional church plus a keener sense of just what's wrong with modern churches that look like anything but churches. Rose provides you with solid arguments (as easy to explain as they are hard to refute!) and practical tools that you can use to reverse the dangerous trend toward desacralized churches and to make our churches once again into magnificent Houses of God!

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Architectural theology may be something you have never considered, but editor and writer Rose (Renovation Manipulation) has, and here he explains why it is important to Catholic worshipers. Rose gives ... Read full review


Out pilgrim goes into the house of the Lord
Why modern architects secularized our churches
How we can make our churches Catholic again

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Michael S. Rose is the author of the NY Times bestseller, Goodbye, Good Men and of Ugly as Sin.

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