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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Sep 19, 2022

"Architecture is the built form of ideas, and church architecture is the built form of theology."

Denis McNamara joins the show to give a crash course in the underlying principles of Catholic church architecture, and make the case for classical architecture as the method that should be used by today's sacred architects.

McNamara is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture at Benedictine College, architectural consultant, and author of multiple books on architecture.

Topics include:

  • The Biblical vision of church architecture
  • The church building as part of the liturgical rite
  • The church building as a “sacrament” of the glorified, mystical Body of Christ and vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem
  • The importance of the Temple
  • How liturgical art conveys glorified realities
  • How classical architecture makes visible nature's invisible forces
  • The difference between liturgical and devotional images


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Benedictine College's Center for Beauty and Culture

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