Dallas Morning News - 12 expressions including mine at: http://religionblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/08/texas-faith-modern-connections.html
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MIKE GHOUSE, President, Foundation for Pluralism, Dallas
|Universal integration pillar, Guntur, India|
A door for each religion
The Peace Chapel's website describes this beautifully as "a modern masterpiece designed by award-winning and world-renowned architect Philip Johnson. It is a brilliant, inspirational design of 'sculpture as architecture.' Seating up to 175 people, the chapel provides ideal space for intimate worship services, commitment ceremonies and memorial services."
|Intefaith Peace Chapel, Dallas|
When the first Synagogue, Church and Baha'i temple was built in Jerusalem, the builders and artists of the time had a huge responsibility to create the space and add artistic value to attract the followers, as well as make them a model for future places of worship.
The same goes with the Bait-el-Muqaddas (Dome on the rock), where Muslims developed a completely new form of expression in art: calligraphy. Since Islam encourages one to believe that God is not an entity or a form but energy, the early Muslims could not collapse God into an image or a figurine and out came the transformative creativity - where the beauty was expressed in abstract forms of writing the verses of Quraan in a variety of ways.
|Dome on the Rock - Bait-el-Muqaddas,|
My trip to Jerusalem August 2010
|Taj Mahal, India - My visit in 2002|
|Ismaili Muslims place of worship, plano|
been there for its opening by Gov. Perry
The modern art will influence all religious buildings; indeed there is a new 37-acre campus under construction in North Dakota where a synagogue, mosque and a church are under construction. Each will have their own space in addition to the shared spaces on the campus.
Mike Ghouse is speaker committed to build a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions on issues of the day – much of his work is indexed at www.MikeGhouse.net