We deny to claim "any Superiority to ourself
to defyne, decyde, or determyn any Article or Poynt
of the Christian Fayth and Relligion,
or to chang any Ancient Ceremony of the Church
from the Forme before received and observed
by the Catholick and Apostolick Church."

Norman Simplicity

Norman Simplicity
Click image for original | © Vitrearum (Allan Barton)

Saturday, June 6, 2015

The Wrong Impression

It's easy to get. I don't mind Lutheran ideas because, you see, I like ideas. But then there are fads. Fads of the Sixteenth century and fads of today. Such as liturgical dance. If you ever need to make yourself sick, merely type that phrase into a Google image search.

Evil Vicar says:

Consequently, the "new" can be just as hackneyed as the "old." It amazes me that anyone ever needed the "New Perspective on Paul" to go right. Simply read the text itself. Um, duh?

Anywho, the NLM loves Duncan Stroik. I don't get that either (like so, so many things).

First, begin with something truly horrible, viz.

Almost anyone could do better than this. Blech!

Now, shoehorn in your standard set design, composed of a quite literal pastische of homely elements:

This guy makes Albert Speer look like a virtuoso!

Of course, design is about the big picture and it is hard to get a sense of that in a blog post. But let's take only one little detail. I can't think of enough words to describe this: trite, turgid, fake, cutesy, contrived .... But it is just about perfect for someone's ideas about how to "play church."

My tabernacle has a cupola and yours doesn't!

Taste or ideas -- there's no accounting for either. And there are more of both these elements in, say, this (from another of my least favourite artisans):

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