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I have been writing an introduction to the Christian faith, a kind of catechism. The conceit is borrowed from, George Herbert, the great Anglican poet/priest of the 17th Century, that the church building itself is a symbol of the structure of our faith.

The Temple of the Lord - the place, mental, communal, spiritual within which we are given faithfully to dwell:

the narthex (entryway) coming to faith

the stained glass - seeing all things in God’s light

the altar - the center of attention and action, Jesus Christ

the nave - the Christian life

the buttresses, carvings, etc.,- in the Anglican style

the exit - mission, the last things

Now at mid-point we begin a description of the nave.



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