Is your church listed as one of the 35 ugliest churches in the world? Nicholas G. Hahn, editor at RealClearReligion, has assembled a slide show of what he considers houses of worship that are “bizarre, weird, dumb, and gross. ” These come from virtually all theological traditions. Hahn says, “There is something to be said of the effect truly bad architecture has on a worshiper, but that’s for another time.” We might as well take the time here. Given that the Word of God can be truly preached in any kind of building, what harm can be done by bad architecture in a church?
Third Church of Christ, Scientist, in Washington, D.C. (an example of the “brutalist” style):