In his Universe of Stone: Chartres Cathedral and the Triumph of the Medieval Mind, Philip Ball argues that the Chartres Cathedral demonstrates a shift in the way western Christianity thought about God, the universe and our role within it. What had once been predominately dark and introspective became a celebration of the light of reason and the movement from an age when God could only be feared to one where his Word and his works might even be understood. Indeed, if you sit in the cathedral late in the day, you might even believe that the place embodies the idea that a reconciliation of faith and reason is not only possible, but inevitable. The famous labyrinth on the floor of the Cathedral’s nave has never been adequately explained. But it is not truly a labyrinth. There are no possible wrong turns — all roads lead inexorably to the center.
Let There Be Light