A renewal of interest in sacred space is growing among the Gen-X and Millenial kids from Christian homes. They’re so bored with Church, and who can blame them? It seems their parents never led them into The Revolution, the way one of them tells it:
“My church tossed out windows all together. Instead the walls are grey, with strange modern designs on the canvas walls. We have chairs like those in movie theaters, minus the cup holders. The lights are typical stage lights, during the service they spot light worship leaders. In fact, the entire focus is the stage rather than the upward feel of a cathedral. It seems sometimes that everything is revolving around the stage, instead of God.” — Architecture and Faith—Photo Contest in Relevant Magazine (for Gen-X/Millenial readers).
But then she discovered The Sublime while visiting a cathedral:
“A sense of holiness hung thick in the air, my steps echoed as I walked forward. Flecks of every color caught my eye. They hung like colorful stars on the towering columns. My gaze drifted from the floor slowly upward, my neck craning. There before me was Jesus, shining in all His stained glass glory.”
Imagine that! In a dark place, and suddenly, “Jesus shining in all His…glory!” (Heart, please settle down…)
It isn’t nice to be so irreverent about other people’s beliefs like this, I know, I know. I just can’t get to it.
Is The Sublime in any way connected to The Revolution? Does The Sublime mean anything to anyone, really? What’s the difference between The Sublime and The Sublime One worshiped in Buddhism?
Sublime means, “of such excellence, grandeur, or beauty as to inspire great admiration or awe.” It also means something which “changes directly into vapor when heated,” for chemists, but it also fits a cathedral experience as well.
I love art. The architecture in the picture above is absolutely stunning. I would love to own a mansion with such windows. But is it not fair to distinguish between art and spiritual life? Art is sublime, but spiritual life is Joy. Art is beautiful and nice, but spiritual life is Revolution.
The Sublime is the product of human genius; The Revolution is God’s genius.
- The Demands of Loneliness
- The Rubicon