The Cross At the Intersection of Heaven and Earth

“The flat roof was an article of faith for the Bauhauser, one whose religious dimensions would be exposed if the flat roof indeed did leak, which, as everyone knows, it indeed does. Once the impracticality of the flat roof becomes apparent, its antitranscendental meaning becomes obvious. When it comes to modern architecture, the flat roof is a non-negotiable item . . . The flat roof provides a direct and front confrontation with the heavens and not the rapprochement of the peaked roof—a rapprochement that reaches its pinnacle, in a manner of speaking, in the church steeple, which tapers off to nothing as its way of meeting the infinite, the cross being the point of mediation” [E. Michael Jones, Living Machines (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1995), p. 99].

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