Wednesday, 15. March 2006
Symbols in Christian Art and Architecture

Symbols have been used by the Christian church since the earliest ages for many reasons:
• As a secret sign among the faithful during times of persecution.

• As a means of teaching biblical truths to those unable to read.

• As a way of reminding believers of God's sovereignty over all creation.

• As a means of memorializing God's divine activity in human history.

Just as observing the seasons of the church year is a way of acknowledging that Jesus is the Lord of Time, using symbols in the church and teaching about their meaning is a way of proclaiming that the earth is the Lord's and that He is sovereign over human history.

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Symbols are a way of carrying our spiritual awareness out of the sanctuary and into the created world, into our own human experience.

Symbols in Christian Art and Architecture by Walter E. Gast. (English)
Category: Symbols & Geometry |


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