Richard S. Vosko

Musings on religion, art and architecture

The Search for Symbolism in Religious Architecture

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Statistics in The Pew Forum on Religion in Public Life estimate that 41% of Americans no longer practice the religion that they were raised in? Religious affiliation is fluid.

While some mainstream religious groups struggle to attract new members and keep older ones non-denomination congregations are springing up everywhere. Many of the new worship facilities are devoid of identifiable religious symbols.

What’s behind this movement? Is it a reaction to centuries of the powerful presence of mainline religions? Or, is it an indicator that emerging religious experiences no longer reflect the status quo? Is it a trend or something to be noted?

Read my article on “The Search for Symbolism in Religious Architecture” published for the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture on The American Institute of Architects website.

Comments are welcomed. Thank  you.

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Author: Richard S. Vosko

Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, is an internationally known sacred space planner. He is a presbyter in the Diocese of Albany who enjoys the classroom as much as the pulpit. On Sundays he presides at worship at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Albany, NY. For more information on Vosko’s background, his projects, publications and speaking engagements please go to his website. For his homilies and occasional musings about religion, art and architecture go to his blog. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcomed there.

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