The Sacred Space

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.                                        - John 1:1, 14

Christianity does not worship letters and words. But the central premise of the Bible as divinely inspired writing implies, as the Gospel of John declares above, that in some mysterious way the fully divine God manifests in the sacred texts as it did in the fully human Jesus of Nazareth.

In harmonizing the four Gospels into a single, unified historical narrative to glorify Jesus the Christ, the son of God, The Layman’s Gospel Harmony opens a door to the creation of The Evangelium, a contemplative interior or exterior space. The Evangelium creates a physical environment which can be entered for contemplation. These spaces are infinitely scalable from interior spaces displaying large format prints to expansive outdoor environments featuring the Gospel texts presented in permanent, monumental stonework.

Landscaped exterior Evangelium sacred spaces can incorporate gardens, bodies of water, labyrinths, and natural terrain features. In the Evangelium concept at left, the ten life periods of the harmonized Gospels manifest in a 700 foot circumference ring of monumental stonework with a diameter of about 223 feet. Four converging streams of water meeting at a central upwelling spring represent the cross and Eden.

Large scale Evangelium environments accompanied by retreat centers and venues for housing, restuarants, book stores, and supporting retail outlets can become destinations in modern day Christian pilgrimages. The Evangelium can be a powerful witness of Christ by the global Christian community to the world.