Think about some of the churches you have recently worshipped in. Has the rich, provocative image of Christianity been replaced by sterile, neutered spaces that seem more like physicians’ waiting rooms than temples?
This is the thing about modernly built churches – they are built cheaply and they have huge white walls. Institutional white – there are no restaurants that try to create atmosphere with huge institutional white walls. I understand that building stone cathedrals is hunormously expensive, but it seems that the whole world of designers were not invited to participate in the creation of modern-post-1940 churches.
Some churches are also putting the worship into multi-purpose rooms, since the worship center is only used for one morning a week. but, perhaps it is only used for one morning a week because it is such an uncomfortable place! There are other options than putting basketball nets on the walls to justify keeping a large space – but it requires creative thinking, which seems to be as costly as a stone cathedral.