Posted by Atok on February 21, 2003 at 10:13:13:
In Reply to: What does church architecture actually do in culture? posted by Rog the Dodge on February 16, 2003 at 17:38:44:
My humble opinion:
True, since WWII, as the nation becoming more secular, so much emphasis has been put on the money factor. Hence, with church attendance constantly dropping, it reflects the unpopularity of it.
Consequently, the fund to maintain the church deminishes rapidly. Over the years, many old churches in the UK have been converted or simply demolished.
In a new development/settlement/town expansion, sometimes the local authority requires a plot of land to be reserved as church land, or most of the time called 'religious building'or 'place of worship'. However, again, due to inability to get any funding, this piece of land sometimes end up having a community facility instead, eg. a community hall. at least it's for the benefit of all.
The key word is: demand. If there's no such (good number of) demand to have a church in the locality, nobody would take the risk to put one up.
Free 3D Models