Friday, June 16, 2023

First Paragraph

At the heart of every European city lies a mystery: the figure of the cross. From the hulk of Saint Paul's in the sleek, financialized core of London to the dome of Saint Peter's in the Vatican statelet within Rome; from the spare fa├žade of Saint Dominic's on the island of Corsica to the pale-wood-panelled apse of the Swalbard Church in Longyearbyen, Norway: the architectural lines of European settlements converge on a cruciform structure, a church, at the heart of which is set, in a state of semi-darkness and silence, the figure of the cross.

- From The Innocence of Pontius Pilate: How the Roman Trial of Jesus Shaped History by David Lloyd Dusenbury

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