Wired Magazine has an interesting write up on the new stained-glass windows at Germany's Cologne Cathedral.
Blood-spurting martyrs, biblical parables, ascendant doves — most church windows feature the same preachy images that have awed parishioners for centuries. But a new stained-glass window in Germany's Cologne Cathedral, to be completed in August, evokes technology and science, not religion and the divine.
Stained glass windows used to present biblical narratives and church lessons to help instruct the illiterate and remind people of God. Now, in Germany, they're being used to point people to technology.
Where once they pointed people to transcendent, eternal realities, now they point people to time-based technologies that may be obsolete before the glass is even completed. It's pretty sad, but this has always been humanity's tendency: to replace the Creator with the Created. One might hope, however, that it is not the church that is leading the way.