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Old October 14th, 2014, 05:59 PM   #81
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Just as Pagan temples were converted into Christian temples in the past, churches are now being filled with humanity's new gods and their correspondent functioning systems (science, capital, the market). It's an ongoing process, and it never stands still for long. It is sad in the nostalgic sense, as we are seeing something fade away before our very eyes. The Church has its share of blame for being so power/blood thirsty. Meanwhile other religions still prosper in the less ‘enlightened’ places of the world, as the Church fades away the West has acquired a much more effective and sophisticated ‘religion’, which does not have the drawbacks our old identity had, I mean, with all the plagues that Christianity might have contributed to the world, it is intrinsically against power in its core message, or it should be, as a former slave religion. Not that science is free of charge since perfecting the slaughtering of lives to the push of a button, but its benefits are really evident here and now, and that allows people to forget the dangers imbedded in every step of progress. At least they are not being torn down completely, these new ‘gods’ have more respect than the old one had. Maybe its Science acknowledgement for its early nurturing in the womb of the Church, in spite of the abortion attempt that followed.
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Old October 14th, 2014, 06:23 PM   #82
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The difference is there's no false promises in science.
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Old October 15th, 2014, 07:41 AM   #83
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The difference is science makes no promises, at least not in the sense of ultimate goals, people believe it does. Maybe because of the shiny stuff that comes out of its functioning intricate system. I mean, all the material wealth that outcomes from the enterprise of science. Religion is still making promises, it just so happens that people don't believe in them anymore, not with something else giving them more immediate results. And that might also be the case with the other 'gods' I mentioned, some even have dogmas of their own.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 03:55 AM   #84
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The former Roman Catholic Church of St. Joseph in Arnhem, Netherlands, one of hundreds of decommissioned churches, was turned into a skate park.





A former Lutheran church in Edinburgh became a Frankenstein-themed bar.



A 19th-century church became a clothing store in Arnhem, Netherlands



The former St. Paul’s church in Bristol, England, is now the Circomedia circus training school.





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Old January 3rd, 2015, 04:00 AM   #85
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Le Saint-Jude Espace Tonus - former Dominican church on St. Denis Street in downtown Montreal





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Old January 3rd, 2015, 04:28 AM   #86
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In Toronto there is a project called Sanctuary Lofts. It attempts to reuse the exterior shell of a church after it burned down in a fire.
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Old January 3rd, 2015, 05:05 PM   #87
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J Sainsbury supermarket, Wolverhampton, England.


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The church was used as an entrance lobby, cafe/restaurant, and offices.

It was previously derelict.


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Now vacant and seeking a buyer.
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Old January 4th, 2015, 03:02 AM   #88
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Not a residential, but this synagogue in Leszno, Poland, was converted to an art gallery


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Old January 26th, 2015, 03:10 PM   #89
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people renounced their religion will bow to someone else . Muslim Europe does not seem so far away
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Old January 26th, 2015, 07:57 PM   #90
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Hopefully they'll bow to reasonable things
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Old April 18th, 2015, 12:51 PM   #91
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This thread offers much hope, that whilst the decline in church attendance is forcing ever more treasured pieces of architecture into an uncertain future it isn't necessarily as perilous a fate as it once was. During the 1960s-80s in the UK it was usually more a less the case of once the congregation was gone the building would soon follow, but now with so many creative alternatives and opportunities for architects to redefine those great internal spaces there is much more hope of an extended life.

As a child I watched with horror as a magnificent Gilbert Scott church in my home town was being pulverised by a wrecking ball, how different things might have been had it lasted a few years longer for a more creative solution.
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Old April 26th, 2015, 02:05 AM   #92
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Old May 13th, 2015, 02:33 PM   #93
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The difference is there's no false promises in science.
Ha! All the people in chicago that sold their warm coats because Albert Gore's science promised warm balmy breezes got pretty snookered on that promise!
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What's with all the climate change deniers on this site, honestly?

Science follows the facts. The hypothesis changes based on evidence. There are no false promises.
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Old July 16th, 2015, 02:49 AM   #95
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I feel very ambivalent about some of these conversions. On the one hand it is nice to see the buildings saved from neglect, dereliction or demolition. On the other it just seems profane to see them turned into skateboarding centres or branches of Sainsbury's. Something more elevated would seem preferable. I'm not much of a Christian, but it seems indicative of cultural, aesthetic, moral and spiritual decline. These buildings seem not just deconsecrated but in some cases desecrated.

Anyway, some more examples... This Baroque church in Worcester, UK, ended up as a 'Slug and Lettuce' restaurant.






http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Restaur...e_England.html

This classical church in Worcester became a night-club called 'Tramps'.



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This is at least alarming in any possible way.
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Alarming in what sense? That people aren't opressed and kept dumb by the religion and the church?
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Old August 15th, 2015, 06:47 PM   #99
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Portico Apartments, Sydney


Portico (2 York Street, Sydney) by Yvonne Frindle, on Flickr


A closer look at the old church part by Christopher Wong, on Flickr
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Old August 18th, 2015, 04:44 PM   #100
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That doesn't look like it was a church, more like a gothic-facaded office block. A horoble Frankenstein of a building with that addition, anyway. And not in a good way like the Frankenstein bar in Edinburgh, which is quite suitable in some sense. Not too bad if you don't look up, though...
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