Ugly as Sin - Ppbk

How Catholic churches are being sapped of their spiritual vitality -- and what you can do about it!

The problem with new-style churches isn t just that they re ugly -- they actually distort the Faith and lead Catholics away from Catholicism.

So argues Michael S. Rose in these eye-opening pages, which banish forever the notion that lovers of traditional-style churches are motivated simply by taste or nostalgia. In terms that non-architects can understand (and modern architects can t dismiss!), Rose shows that far more is at stake: modern churches actually violate the three natural laws of church architecture and lead Catholics to worship, quite simply, a false god.

Not content to limit himself to theory, Rose in Ugly as Sin takes you on a revealing tour through a traditional church and a modern church. He shows conclusively how the traditional church communicates the Faith, while the modern one simply doesn t. In the process, he ll give you a renewed love and gratitude for the gift of faith that is your traditional church -- plus a keener sense of just what s wrong with modern churches that look like anything but churches. Rose provides you with solid arguments (as easy to explain as they are hard to refute!) and practical tools that you can use to reverse the dangerous trend toward desacralized churches -- and to make our churches once again into magnificent Houses of God!

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By Marcia (The United States) · ★★★★★ · June 08, 2012
This book discusses the changes in architecture for churches, primarily US Roman Catholic churches. Rose dispels the myths that the changes were demanded because of Vatican II and the document "Environment and Art in Catholic Worship." Instead, Rose contends that Modernism and the swing to the se... ...more
By James (Vienna, VA) · ★★★★★ · March 06, 2015

A must read for every Christian interested in passing on the faith to future generations. How architecture impacts devotion and orthodoxy. ...more