Re: Re: reorganisation and destruction of irish catholic churches
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I do not think that Mircea Eliade would quite go along with this and the Muslims might think twice about letting in the chaotic. I think that you will probably find that Islam is much more detailed and demanding in the observance of its religious code.
Perhaps thats why its the fastest growing religion in the world.
A few years ago I designed a hotel in an African country for an Irish company.
The first option, looking resplendent in the jungle with domed rooms a la Hagia Sophia [hubris I know] was rejected on the grounds that only muslim buildings would have them.
It wasn’t a matter of the building looking like a Mosque per se – just “like a Muslim building”.
Whatever about Muslims avoiding representations of living things, Christians seem keen to avoid buildings they commission looking like “Muslim buildings.”
I don’t know the truth at the bottom of the matter but we had to develop Option 2.
Obviously the client hadn’t seen St. Paul’s in London or the Duomo in Florence.
Or any number of vernacular domed buildings in the Mediterranean.
Faith becomes contaminated by superstition, habit and experience.
Forms adhere to their imagined associations in the mind.
Bring on the altar rails!