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Because God is Beauty.
I wonder how many serfs had to be extorted by the medieval Church to fund all those lavish palaces and Cathedrals?
Do you have any actual knowledge of this or are you simply indulging in empty snark? You might want to get David Macauley’s Cathedral. The Cathedral’s were erected by deep civic pride.
You mean, the serfs who attended Mass in those cathedrals? Like Joan of Arc, say?
The personnel of the Church have done plenty of heinous things, of which I am ashamed. Building lots of beautiful churches filled with beautiful art, that anyone can walk into for free, is not one of those things.
Something tells me somebody has an Americanist definition of the word Liberty. Serfs were not burdened with such false notions as choice.
How do you extort a serf?
Serfs were not “burdened” with choice? You actually think serfs had more liberty than modern Americans? Free choice is a “burden”? This is Orwellian stuff. You may as well say “freedom is slavery”.
Sorry for changing the subject… But I would ask Mark if he chose this post specially in order to create a contrast with the one on strange nativity scenes, or was it just coincidence? Just asking…
In Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, a character says that “the world will be saved by beauty”.
In the notes to one of his books, Dostoevsky himself elaborates: “The world will become the beauty of Christ”
In a society where vulgarity, ugliness, and banality seek to outdo each other, beauty will save us.