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Title: No Place for God, The Denial of the Transcendent in Modern
Author: by Moyra Doorly
Publisher: Ignatius Press
Date Published: March 2007
Length: 160 pages
Price: $14.95 Papaerback
From the publisher's website, http://www.ignatius.com/index.aspx:
In their quest to adapt to and speak to the present age, Catholics
over the last forty years have unquestioningly allowed the trends in
modern architecture to fashion their churches, and the outcome has
been the construction of the ugliest and emptiest churches in history,
according to author Moyra Doorly, an architect from England.
Doorly traces the principles of modern architecture to the ideas of
space that spread rapidly during the 20th century. She sees a parallel
between the desacralization of the heavens, and consequently of our
churches, and the inward search for a god of oneâs own. This double
movementâ"away from the transcendent God, who reveals himself to man
through Scripture and tradition, and toward an inner truth relevant
only to oneselfâ"has emptied our churches of the majesty and beauty
that once inspired reverence in both believers and unbelievers alike.
Illustrated with many photographs.