Does This Come as a Surprise?

The “unchurched” prefer churches that actually look like churches.

No kidding… So do many “churched” people.

Aesthetics have a lot to do with religious experience. After all, a large part of religion is just that: experience. It’s not just about what we think or what we say we think—it’s about what we do and who we are.

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4 Responses to Does This Come as a Surprise?

  1. LP says:

    We have lost some folks due to this very fact…no matter what we do to the storefront to make it look like a church, it is still a storefront.

  2. bls says:

    You’re right about the “churched” people; I sent this out to my liturgical study group and have received several positive (in agreement, that is) responses back.

  3. Christopher says:

    It’s also because we are flesh and blood, material beings. Space affects us. Who wants a church in the French Brutalist style? Not me.

  4. Lee says:

    The article kind of gives the game away when it refers to the more traditional churches as “aesthetically pleasing” (=not hideously ugly). Shocking that people would prefer that! :)

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