Philip Nielsen

America’s First Cathedral

By |2014-01-22T23:52:03-05:00June 2nd, 2013|Categories: American Founding, American Republic, Architecture, Books|Tags: , , |

The Baltimore Basilica: America's First Cathedral, by Mary-Cabrini Durkin. In America’s First Cathedral, Mary-Cabrini Durkin presents a beautifully illustrated history of the Baltimore diocese’s cathedral from Latrobe’s original designs through its rise as a national symbol of American Catholicism, culminating in years of restoration that have only recently been completed. The first half of America’s First Cathedral places the [...]

Frankenstein: Prometheus Mythic & Modern

By |2016-08-03T10:37:09-05:00May 31st, 2013|Categories: Books, Christendom, Culture, Joseph Pearce|Tags: , , , , |

The womb and the tomb—one of the most striking mirror images that our lives have to offer. Babies are buried alive in their warm mothers’ girth. Bodies are dead and buried in their cold mother earth. For one, there is the darkness of genesis and growth, for the other, the darkness of death and [...]

Sacred Architecture: The Wisdom of Duncan Stroik

By |2019-02-14T13:15:49-05:00February 24th, 2013|Categories: Architecture, Art, Books, Christianity|Tags: , |

Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe Duncan G. Stroik, The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence and the Eternal. Chicago: Hillenbrand Books, 2012. 182 pages, 170 photographs and drawings. Notre Dame’s Duncan Stroik has led the field of Catholic architecture for the last twenty years with unrivaled unity of purpose. [...]

Depicting the Whole Christ: von Balthasar & Sacred Architecture

By |2016-08-12T07:00:04-05:00January 17th, 2013|Categories: Architecture, Beauty, Catholicism, Christianity, Communio, Culture, Featured, Hans Urs von Balthasar|Tags: |

Hans Urs von Balthasar The theological work of twentieth-century theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar has only recently begun to take its proper place in Catholic theology. In his lifetime he certainly took a back seat to contemporaries such as Karl Rahner, Yves Congar, and those men who were known as the theological [...]