September 26, 2014
A collection of Christoph Morlinghaus photos of America's "most epic churches" reveals that modernist church architecture is a mixed bag.
As someone who spent his childhood summers watching the Pirates play in Three Rivers, I am eternally grateful for the work you have done with PNC Park. (please go help the folks in Oakland)
I am also grateful for your thoughts on Morlinghaus' Wired article. The interplay of ego and architecture, when considering places of worship, is fascinating. I would love to hear your thoughts on ego and a decidedly non-Christian place of worship such as FLW's Unity Temple?
Thanks for your kind remarks, jbaldauff. Wright would have felt right at home in today's "spiritual but not religious" cultural milieu, wouldn't he? He designed a number of worship spaces that would probably qualify for a thoughtful list of America's Most Epic Churches, and it was an oversight on my part not to have mentioned him. Unity Temple in Chicago, whatever my problems with their theology, should certainly have made the list.
Wright also had a colossal ego, and it's hard to get that out of the way. Wright's reputation for bombast and pomposity is deserved. But I think, as I said in the piece, that truly transcendent architecture--which much of Wright's work clearly is--glorifies the author's Author, whether they care to admit it or not. Despite his personal flaws, which are numerous and well-cataloged, I'm grateful to God for Frank Lloyd Wright.
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