Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth

Angels in the Architecture A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth Christianity presents a glorious vision of culture a vision overflowing with truth beauty and goodness It s a vision that stands in stark conflict with the anemic modern and postmodern perspectives

  • Title: Angels in the Architecture: A Protestant Vision for Middle Earth
  • Author: Douglas Wilson Douglas Jones
  • ISBN: 9781885767400
  • Page: 247
  • Format: Paperback
  • Christianity presents a glorious vision of culture, a vision overflowing with truth, beauty, and goodness It s a vision that stands in stark conflict with the anemic modern and postmodern perspectives that dominate contemporary life Medieval Christianity began telling a beautiful story about the good life, but it was silenced in mid sentence The Reformation rescued trChristianity presents a glorious vision of culture, a vision overflowing with truth, beauty, and goodness It s a vision that stands in stark conflict with the anemic modern and postmodern perspectives that dominate contemporary life Medieval Christianity began telling a beautiful story about the good life, but it was silenced in mid sentence The Reformation rescued truth, but its modern grandchildren have often ignored the importance of a medieval grasp of the good life This book sketches a vision of medieval Protestantism, a personal and cultural vision that embraces the fullness of Christian truth, beauty, and goodness This volume is a breath of fresh air in our polluted religious environment Hopefully many readers will breathe deeply of its contents and be energized The Presbyterian Witness A delightful apologetic for a Protestant cultural vision before you write off these two as mere obscurantist Reformed types, take care I found that some of my objections were, on the surface, modern than biblical Gregory Alan Thornbury, Carl F Henry Center for Christian Leadership T his book cries out against the bland, purely spiritualized Christianity to which so many of us have become accustomed I highly recommend it David Kind, Pilgrimage, Concordia Theological Seminary

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    1. Oh, I loved this book. Jones and Wilson make a claim that "the medieval period is the closest thing we have to a maturing Christian culture." This book doesn't explain a lot, it doesn't have lots of references and clear arguments. In fact, it left me open mouthed with random left-field assertions more than once. It left me with a lot to search out and sometimes it left me feeling really stupid. But that's the point- It's a vision, a mountain-top view of God's Kingdom in all it's truth, goodness [...]

    2. Wilson makes some excellent points in the course of this book, but I was surprised that someone so interested in classical education would attempt to create a strict dichotomy between Hebrew and Greek thought (Hebrew=good, Greek=bad, in case you are wondering). Trying to blame Aristotle for Aquinas's theology might make for a convenient defense of Protestantism, but I do not think it is a very accurate one. The Protestants, as Wilson notes, tended to love Augustine--who was strongly influenced b [...]

    3. This book captures the deep angst that modernity has brought upon the modem man's soul and presents him with a road map to a richer and fuller life! Looking back to the medieval era, Wilson & Jones point out that the moderns have unfairly given the "dark ages" a bad rap. Wilson & Jones show that the medieval man was concerned with harmonizing all areas of his life to expand the goodness, truth and beauty that God has revealed and given to him in this world. Ever optimistic, Wilson & [...]

    4. This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to push their Christian worldview into all the nooks and crannies of their life, or even if you have no nooks but still want a good read, then this one would work.

    5. Angels in the Architecture (AA) is a bold book. And when it is wrong in factual assertions, it is magnificently wrong. Ok, seriously. The authors propose against the stale, bloody worldview of modernity a rich, robust *paleo* medieval worldview rooted in Protestant Theology. My review will come from a number of angles. *What if Tolkien were a Calvinist?* The subtitle suggests Tolkienesque themes. But isn't the subtitle contradictory? Tolkien was a *Catholic!* This book (AA) should not be read as [...]

    6. Great collection of essays on cultivating a medieval view of life. The medieval protestant vision sees Christ as the integration point and beauty as non negotiable. What does our look like to build and live a consistent christendom? This book is a good start. The book does suffer from Doug Wilson's dogmatic, yet vague take on some things like the textus receptus or the antebellum South. However, most of what he writes is solid. Topics include family, feasting, stateism, poetic vision, equality,l [...]

    7. Read Ch. 3 (Beowulf) on April 21, 2016. Wilson writes here that this book is too friendly toward nominalism, but that this post should fix that.

    8. An excellent book. I didn't agree with every little thing the authors proposed, but all of it made me think. Some chapters were good, some were great, and some were tremendous. Chapter 16, "Poetic Knowledge," is one of the tremendous, and I expect to return to it many times in the future. On the whole, this is a delightfully sane and stimulating read.

    9. "'It's medieval!' I exclaimed; for I still had all the chronological snobbery of my period and used the names of earlier periods as abuse."--C. S. LewisAs people of the modern era, we tend to have what Lewis calls chronological snobbery: the notion that because our opinions are the most recent, they are therefore the best. But as Douglas Wilson and Douglas Jones show in Angels in the Architecture, when we compare our modern culture to many aspects of medieval culture, we actually fall far short. [...]

    10. The authors of this book present an attractive vision of a world in which we revel in the goodness of God. I was drawn to their desire to live in a world where Christianity is assumed, where we understand that beauty comes from God and he wants us to feast on his gifts. It is hard to do this book justice in a short review, the vision soars beyond that. I particularly enjoyed their emphasis on having a poetic view of the world, and I think they must have applied it well as they tackled our need f [...]

    11. Just as it would be unfair to judge all modern Christianity by the televangelists, so it is unfair to judge Medievalism by the blatant public corruption and scandals (don't get me wrong, all that nastiness was there).That being said, Medeivalism has a lot to offer. As the world is seeing the weaknesses of both the stainless steel sterility of modernism and the fractured kaleidoscope of postmodernism, people will be searching for truth, beauty, and goodness, things the medeivalists passionately p [...]

    12. While not agreeing with every single point, on the whole I LOVED this book. The authors paint a clear picture of what they call "medieval Protestantism" - a rich cultural emphasis on truth, beauty, and goodness, lived out in joyful Christian community; which contrasts starkly with both secular and "Christianized" versions of our ugly, fragmented modern/postmodern culture. (One of my favorite quotes from the book: "A postmodernist is simply a modernist who has admitted his cultural illiteracy.") [...]

    13. Really, really enjoyed this book. While some chapters I had no frame of reference for, others resonated with me deeply." a created world, beauty can only be reflected glory. Our world is filled with moons, and there is only one sun A love for the triune and holy God is the foundation of any true love for beauty. Like the seraphim, we do not see this beauty directly, for our faces, like theirs, are of necessity covered. But the fact that this beauty is infinitely there means that other entities i [...]

    14. I read this book once before, when my now sixteen year old was a baby. I figured it was worth revisiting, particularly when I flipped it open to the chapter on "Poetic Knowledge", an important topic. The book is about medieval Christianity redux in this time, a "cultural vision that embraces the fullness of Christian truth, beauty,and goodness." I want my life to overflow with truth, beauty, and goodness. I want to delight in this God-made world while focusing on the ultimate joy of heaven! This [...]

    15. Absolutely breath-taking. Some books can ruin you by revealing how petty you really were before reading it. This book is a beautiful ruination. Literary, witty, intelligent, it splashes in waters above all of our heads and reveals a vision for what Christianity once was, and what it will be again.

    16. Some books come along and sketch out many f the longings of your heart and say what you've been feeling better than you ever could. This book is one of those for me. A truly satisfying read. Beautiful.

    17. Wilson and Jones give a sketch of the gospel on the flesh. It has me wanting a full-fledged work of art. I'll be thinking back on this book all year.

    18. A hearty AMEN to the content and the overarching worldview this book espouses. And again I say, AMEN - seven stars worth of it. As to the presentation, it's not always even and I would give it 3.5 to 4 stars. There are some parts that readers who aren't familiar with Wilson's communication style might find confusing or off-putting. I think if someone could take the content of this book and present it in a more winsome way, and including more detail about how the present day church and culture de [...]

    19. While the current trend in theology - particularly cut of the recent Anabaptist and/or emerging cloth - is to view Christendom and Constantine as evils of the highest order, Wilson and Jones make the case that modernism has bankrupted itself as well in its rejection of medieval virtues. Most importantly, they set out a vision of Christendom - the City of God - as one built upon the culmination of principles that were developed in the medieval period but were not given their fullest expression du [...]

    20. I read this book every year. It's the book which changed how I thought about everything!This book argues for the mediaevalism of the first Protestants, believing that modernism is not only sterile and barren but jaded and near to its inevitable end. After a number of introductory chapters dealing with modernism's soulless character and the reviving influence of Protestant doctrine on Christendom, the authors take a number of subjects in turn that display a Christian world of truth, goodness and [...]

    21. This important book is, hopefully, Douglas Jones and Douglas Wilson's excellent and partially-comprehensive answer to the question "How should we then live?". I say "partially-comprehensive" because Douglas Jones remarks in the final chapter, "The sketch of Christian culture we've attempted in this book is by no means exhaustive. Even as we were going to print we continued to imagine new chapters that ought to be included." This leads me to hope that we'll soon see those excluded chapters in ano [...]

    22. Wow! Stirred my soul, challenged my mind, warmed my heart. A comparative look at the values of the protestant church during the medieval age verses the western world and protestant church in the modern age we find ourselves in. For all the technological advances and scientific breakthroughs we moderns enjoy, this book awakened my soul to see just how spiritually malnourished we are today.I didn't agree with everything the authors put forth. I strongly disagreed with a few of their positions but [...]

    23. A look at medieval Christianity as a period when there was a more complete relation of the faith to every aspect of life than is seen in post-enlightenment modernism and postmodernism. What was great about this book is how it uncovered layers of modernistic thought in current Christianity (and in my own thinking) that I didn't realize. The loss of an understanding and appreciation of beauty is what is most stark. The authors claim this is the result of rationalism as a way of understanding every [...]

    24. This book has two important signs of a great book: 1) as soon as I finished it, I wanted to read it again; 2) it gave me a big list of other important books to read. The essays contained here are seemingly disparate, but taken together give a vision for a very rich way of life. It's an excellent read for people in the stage we are: as the parents of young children, we are trying to be very thoughtful and deliberate about the family culture in which our children are immersed. [This reminds me, th [...]

    25. This is a great book that outlines what a Christian culture would look like. The Doug's (Wilson and Jones) argue that the Middle Ages, instead of our perception of them as "Dark," are in fact the best model of what how Christianity would manifest itself culturally. They take it further, though, acknowledging where the medieval's fell short.This is radical stuff, the kind of culture that most evangelicals are unprepared for, and certainly not the kind of culture the modern world is ready to accep [...]

    26. In Angels in the Architecture, Douglas Wilson and Douglas Jones provide a foundation for a Protestant medievalism. And since I am positively medieval occasionally, I naturally liked the book. I don't agree with everything, and at times I cried out for more argument. But it is refreshing to read Protestants reject political power *while* affirming cultural transformation. Too often both are rejected or both affirmed. Protestant visions of the "Middle Earth," an other-than-modern view of life, are [...]

    27. The first half of this book challenged and encouraged me more than almost any other book I've read this year. The authors' extolling of Medieval thought and theology was a stirring experience that I'll be contemplating for a long time. Politics, postmillenialism and other miscellaneous things fill the second half, which I didn't find as interesting or helpful. I do highly recommend this book, though, because it will grow any hints of discontent with modernity and awaken the medievalist to a life [...]

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