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For many Christians, their great beauty has the power to elevate our minds into contemplation of the majesty of our Lord, the glory of the created universe, and our connection with the great cloud of witnesses that surrounds us. The power of stained glass windows lies in their effects on the senses and the heart as well as the brain. Like a good story, stained glass windows speak to us on multiple levels.
The craftspeople who make stained glass windows use basic elements from the earth, much as their predecessors did centuries ago. From sand, stone, ashes, and metal oxides, human beings harness light and use it to imitate and celebrate the glory of God and God's creation. Today, Jackie King discusses the history of stained glass windows, the process by which artists create and install them in churches, the different styles that people have used over the centuries in designing these windows, and the purpose and ways to appreciate stained glass windows.
For a PDF offering images of windows relevant to this course, please click here.