Title page for ETD etd-04202002-211138

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Zubyk, Jr., Richard Anthony
URN etd-04202002-211138
Title Scripture as Architecture
Degree Master of Architecture
Department Architecture
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Piedmont-Palladino, Susan C. Committee Chair
Frascari, Marco Committee Member
Holt, Jaan Committee Member
  • light
  • church
  • scripture
Date of Defense 1999-02-12
Availability unrestricted
A church performs many functions. It presents an image; prepares the believer for worship; introduces the unbeliever to God; facilitates worship services; projects the words of the pastor; resonates the music of the choir and orchestra; deepens knowledge and understanding of the faith; instructs children as well as adults; promotes fellowship; shelters the needy; hosts meetings; serves meals; strengthens families; supports missions and ministries; and accommodates weddings, funerals, and baptisms. These functions are performed in obedience to the Word of God. They are expressions of Scripture.

In the past, the church building itself expressed Scripture. The cruciform plan of the great cathedrals was the most profound example, depicting the symbol of Christianity. Clerestory windows filled the vaulted heights above the nave with heavenly light. Mosaics, reliefs, icons and stained glass windows illustrated biblical stories.

How else can the architecture of the church building express Scripture? How can Scripture inspire architecture?

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