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The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church By Margaret Visser,

  • Title: The Geometry of Love: Space, Time, Mystery, and Meaning in an Ordinary Church
  • Author: Margaret Visser
  • ISBN: 9780002557399
  • Page: 388
  • Format: Hardcover
  • More than any other kind of edifice, a church is intentionally meaningful in all its aspects, and Visser decided to find out what it was trying to express, in its nuances as well as in its grand gestures She deliberately chose a relatively simple church just outside the walls of Rome, Sant Agnese fuori le Mura, and takes in history, theology, anthropology, and folklore, More than any other kind of edifice, a church is intentionally meaningful in all its aspects, and Visser decided to find out what it was trying to express, in its nuances as well as in its grand gestures She deliberately chose a relatively simple church just outside the walls of Rome, Sant Agnese fuori le Mura, and takes in history, theology, anthropology, and folklore, among other disciplines, to illuminate its physical and spiritual architecture As she guides us through the building, from apse to nave, catacombs to campanile, Visser explores the symbolism of lambs, the Christian fascination with virgins, the meanings of martyrdom, and the history of relics At the same time, she moves back through the centuries to reveal Christianity in its earliest forms and purposes The book ends at the church s beginning, with the grave of Agnes, a twelve year old girl who was murdered seventeen hundred years ago and whose remains lie buried beneath the altar BOOK JACKET.
    The Geometry of Love Space Time Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church More than any other kind of edifice a church is intentionally meaningful in all its aspects and Visser decided to find out what it was trying to express in its nuances as well as in its grand gestu

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    1. Disclaimer ARC via Netgalley Usually when I get approved on Netgalley, I try my best to write at least 250 500 words I find that for this book I cannot do so Simply put This is the best book I have ever read about a church or other building I collect and read Pitkin guides as if they are going out of style But this book blasts them all to shame I pre ordered a Kindle copy after reading the digital ARC In this book Margaret Visser gives a complete guide to the church of Sant Agnese di fuori Mura [...]

    2. This book contains a wealth of detail about Sant Agnese fuori le Mura, a third century shrine housing relics of a young virgin martyr, St Agnes died c 304, feast January 21 Margaret Visser explores the church and the catacombs underneath, delving into art, architecture, history and religious symbolism While I enjoyed reading this immensely, and would recommend it without hesitation to anyone who is interested in early Christianity, I felt the abundance of facts to be slightly bewildering at time [...]

    3. An interesting consideration of the meaning of a church building Although Visser describes her subject as an ordinary church , historically, archaeologically and architecturally it is far from being at all ordinary Somewhat like a guided tour of the church, but with such a erudite guide leading the way It does make one want to either visit the church, or look on line for images which were very sadly lacking in this paperback version I would have liked illustrations and floor and area plans to fi [...]

    4. A very readable and enjoyable book by the writer of Much Depends on Dinner This time the writer brings a wealth of material, from Roman history, archaelogy, mythology, and architecture in thinking about one particular church in Rome This is an early Christian church dedicated to St Agnes Much thoughtful writing about the Catholic church and catechism.

    5. i love visser s books about food, but this church book was just a bit much for me since i m getting old and life is short, i didn t finish it.

    6. Taking one small church, St Agnes Outside the Walls, in Rome, as her starting point, Margaret Visser has written a fascinating and absorbing account that relates this one church to all churches, and examines the theology, architecture, history, symbolism and just about everything you can possibly think of to do with religion and church buildings Her research has been thorough and painstaking but she wears her knowledge lightly Short chapters means the reader can pace his or herself it s certainl [...]

    7. This is a sublime book I don t know how to categorize it to friends It is a classicist reading an ancient building But this book is an intricate web of history, etymology, architecture, theology and liturgical theology all of it excellent It was so rich that I could only read a couple sections at a time Then I d have to pause to think, or to catch my breath I mean, it took me a while to get my mind around narthex as a fennel bulb Just to have such information if not insight was heady.

    8. Visser is a fabulous writer with a depth of insight that takes one s breath away She is dedicated to seeking meaning in the ordinary, like dinner see other books , and in this jewel takes us on an excursion to St Agnes Outside the Walls Using St Agnes as a model of the ordinary church, Visser explains every detail of the architecture of the church building, which signifies the architecture of our search for God I read and re read this book it s fabulous One can just read the chapter on the nave, [...]

    9. Often brilliant and occasionally flawed anthropological reflection on a specific church in Rome, that brilliantly reflects some key symbols and themes altars, bells, feminism while retaining an interesting narrative Some sensational choices of language mar sections the author is a self confessed subjective observer a Catholic writing about Catholic history Some sections, particularly those relating to contemporary public response to the place of a church, feel underdeveloped The book nevertheles [...]

    10. The multi faceted history of this church and the people who had a hand in inspiring, creating, and adding to it and the complex surrounding it were fascinating This St Agnes is my saint, and reading this book propelled me to visit Rome during her and my feast day, January 21, and the author described the mass and ceremony perfectly The only shame was that I didn t get to go inside Constantia s adjoining mausoleum.

    11. Visser takes one church and deconstructs it I ve been in many churches over the years, albeit never to this one Sant Agnese fuori le mura in Rome , but this book makes me understand how very little I know about them She looks at every aspect of Sant Agnese fuori le mura, its architecture, its rich history, its physical location Fascinating read.

    12. There are parts of this book that are extrodinary and a true inspiration to one s faith It is remarkable to read stories of the early years of the Chrisitan faith At times it was hard reading, but that fault was than made up with extraordinary revelations

    13. The recommendation on Slowtravel said something like you will never look at a church in the same way The reviewer was spot on If you re going to spend any time in Rome, this is definitely one of the best travel books I have read I would recommend even if you are not going to Rome, lc

    14. A brilliant thing Pretty dense, but I m damned if I m going to knock a point off for being dense By the end, probably the best part of a really good book, it felt like the achievement of some kind of pilgrimage.

    15. A fascinating yet simple book By simple I do not mean simplistic, but simply and beautifully written Her word portraits are wonderful along with her digressions and asides.

    16. The book gave good descriptions of how space, time, and meaning found in an ordinary church Much can be learned from just thinking about what we see when in a church.

    17. Really loved the topic With so much description and so many architectural terms, photos, drawings, maps would have improved it greatly

    18. Many layers of meaning for threshold, narthex, nave, altar, apse, left, right, outside, crypt and tower, and tomb

    19. As an inveterate visitor of ancient churches, what I ve found invaluable is Visser s thorough lesson on how to read a church, especially an Italian Catholic one.

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