You're not too far off. Most of your traditional (non-mega/mall) American evangelical church buildings I've seen pretty much have a large prominent cross behind the pulpit, and on the floor before the pulpit, a communion table. In baptist churches (at least) there is also usually a baptismal pool either beneath the cross, or off to the side.Del wrote: ↑Mon May 03, 2021 7:43 pmI have been meditating a long time on this.coco wrote: ↑Fri Apr 23, 2021 7:58 pmYep. You missed the point.Del wrote: ↑Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:20 pmIn English, we use the word church to translate ekklesia, and also to describe the building where the church assembles and worships. The local Church meets at a local church. In the middle 100's, St. Iranaeus of Lyons wrote that "one can go into any town and ask 'Where does the Catholic Church meet? and the resident will answer." [He wasn't writing in English, of course. He was defending the Ekklesia Katholika from the various local gnostic sects.]coco wrote: ↑Fri Apr 23, 2021 9:31 amThe Greek word that is translated as "church" means "assembly of people," not "building." Each of the believers is a temple of God, and so church is when the temples come together to worship. There is not NT precedent for pretty buildings, and most NT churches met in someone's house.
That being said, I think that church buildings in the shape of a cross are cool. I particularly like the mission aesthetic of this one. Feel free to make fun of me now.
My point is that no one seriously confuses the Universal Church with any church building, not even in English.
The early Christians were full of missionary zeal. When they were able to openly work in peace, they built churches to assist their missionary work. They didn't decorate their churches just to be pretty -- they wanted their places of worship to speak the Gospel news even when no one was preaching or worshipping. Thus Christian architecture is full of iconography and biblical art.
I was pondering how this Christian tradition should translate into the Calvinist tradition, with its particular concerns for biblical teaching, undiluted with excessive imagery, and focused on evangelism.
I recommend that a church of the Calvinist tradition should have just one symbol prominently displayed: A Crucifix.
Anyone stepping inside would see and know that this space is dedicated to spreading the one great biblical message: "Jesus Christ, and Him crucified."
The picture is quite clear: Word and Sacrament with the Cross over all.