The Beauty of Holiness: Anglicanism and Architecture in by Louis P. Nelson

By Louis P. Nelson

Intermingling architectural, cultural, and non secular background, Louis Nelson reads Anglican structure and ornamental arts as records of eighteenth-century spiritual perform and trust. within the great thing about Holiness, he tells the tale of the Church of britain in colonial South Carolina, revealing how the colony's Anglicans negotiated the tensions among the endurance of seventeenth-century non secular perform and the emerging tide of Enlightenment inspiration and sentimentality. Nelson starts with a cautious exam of the constructions, grave markers, and communion silver shaped and utilized by early Anglicans. Turning to the spiritual services of neighborhood church buildings, he makes use of those items and artifacts to discover Anglican trust and perform in South Carolina. Chapters concentrate on the function of the senses in non secular realizing, the perform of the sacraments, and where of good looks, regularity, and order in eighteenth-century Anglicanism. the ultimate element of the e-book considers the methods church structure and fabric tradition strengthened social and political hierarchies. Richly illustrated with greater than 250 architectural photos and pictures of spiritual gadgets, the wonderful thing about Holiness is dependent upon exhaustive fieldwork to trace alterations in ancient structure. Nelson imaginatively reconstructs the heritage of the Church of britain in colonial South Carolina and its position in public lifestyles, from its early years of ambivalent status in the colony throughout the moment wave of Anglicanism starting within the early 1750s.

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On the forms of church exteriors, the commissioners agreed that the churches were to stand on open, prominent sites, graced with both porticos and steeples. On the plans of the churches, the commissioners indicated that each church should have a large space at the western end of the building for parish business. The chancel was to be raised three steps above the floor of the nave, and the font should be large enough to allow for dipping when so desired. The pews should all be of equal height, with seats facing the Communion table and low enough for all to be seen either sitting or kneeling.

Five of the commissioners—William Bull II, Gabriel Manigault, Thomas Middleton, Charles Pinckney, and Benjamin Smith—played leading roles in the founding or governance of the society. The library, which by 1778 housed over 6,000 volumes, served as a center for intellectual life in late colonial South Carolina. ⁹¹ At least seven of the fifteen commissioners are also known to have traveled to London sometime in the 1720s or 1730s. While in London, these men would have had the opportunity to inspect firsthand the city churches of Christopher Wren, Nicholas Hawksmoor, James Gibbs, and Thomas Archer.

Philip’s. More significantly, however, the vestibulum is flanked by two side chambers, and these three chambers are accessible from the north, south, and west in a manner correspondent with the porticos of St. Philip’s. This pattern of access is perpetuated in other early representations of the temple. Among the earliest visual representations printed in an English volume, Joseph Meade’s 1643 plan established a visual formula for the temple that was intended by Meade and defended by later theologians as an appropriate model for contemporary church architecture (FIG.

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