Michael J. Crosbie is an architect and editor of Faith & Form, an interfaith journal of religion, art and architecture published quarterly (www.faithandform.com). He is also the author of two books on religious architecture.
Houses of worship have certain physical characteristics that appeal to the senses. Building materials are often precious and placed with care. They include carvings of symbolic and allegorical meaning. Through their design and decoration, churches tell stories of the faith. Stained-glass windows lift one’s spirits from earthly concerns.