Churches Ad Hoc: A Divine Comedy July 15, 2007

Churches Ad Hoc: A Divine Comedy

Herman Krieger is “a non-practicing Jew who has not been to synagogue since he was 12.”

He is also the author of Churches Ad Hoc: A Divine Comedy. It’s a photo essay and you can see the contents online.

As Kern Trembath of the University of Notre Dame writes in the foreword:

The first time you read this book, you will know that it is one of those that you will return to again and again in the future. Is it a book of photography? — of art more generally? — of puns? — of religious architecture? — of questionable, comic, and at times tragic religious architecture? The answer, of course, is “yes.” Hence its beguiling nature and consequent beckoning to regular revisitation.

Here are some of my favorite pictures:



In ADT We Trust


Sign of the Crossing


The pictures alone make the book a quick “read” worth checking out.

The captions make it even better.

So go check it out!

I’m not the only fan, either. Krieger writes this in the introduction:

Churches ad hoc was introduced on the Internet in 1996. Since then, references to it have appeared in a large number of Christian, as well as atheist, web sites. Each group seems to find a reflection of their own views in the captioned photographs. Excerpts from the series have appeared in places as diverse as the Internet edition of The New York Times, a Methodist church calendar, a rock band cassette cover, the religion pages of the Stockholm Svenska Dagbladet newspaper, and a Cornell Law School poster for a national conference on The Constitution and Religion: Theory and Practice.

By the way, if someone can please explain the “Auto Da Feone, that would be helpful. It has something to do with the name of the car, I think…

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  • Hemant,
    “Auto da fe” can be translated roughly into “car of faith” from Spanish. I think they titled it that because of the Jesus fish and clergy stickers, and for the pun with the historical auto da fe.

  • Amen.

  • Yup… the term “auto de fe” meant “act of faith” and the pun here is “car of faith.” Additionally I looked up the name of the car Biarritz, and it is named after a town in France near the border with Spain. The town is Basque, so the photographer may have especially associated it with the Spanish Inquisition…

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