Message - What does church architecture actually do in culture?

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Posted by  Rog the Dodge on February 16, 2003 at 17:38:44:

I'm feeling my way round the early stages of an article which will examine the cultural role of churches in architectural achievement and in their contribution to the development of places of contemplation and worship in an increasingly secular Western world. It is based on my observation that the church, as a cultural contributor, has been largely absent in the UK (with exception of Coventry Cathedral and Christ the King, Liverpool) since WW2. I would be interested for views on this and also views from other countries by way of comparison.

I am specific about churches as it seems to me that mosques and temples within their cultures do not suffer the kind of cultural crisis that I am implying for the church. Although, I stand to be corrected.

I should say that I am not religious and my interest is purely cultural, but don't let that put you off.

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