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Why are the older churches filled with lots of art that tell a story, but the newer churches are more plain?

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:36 PM on May. 3, 2010 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • Its just the different tastes of decoration, style, the age of the building that shows it character. Also, different denominations seem to have different ways of decorating sort of. Doesnt mean anything, just different types of style, just like all of our houses probably look very different.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:37 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • Historically speaking becasue many people could not read, thus the illustrations and art in the churches "helped" to tell the story of the Bible.

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 9:38 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • Yeah, pretty much what Kristi said.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:40 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • I also think a lot of it has to do with finances. When those churches were built things such as stained glass wasn't as super pricey as it is today and much of the work was donated. Today they have so many added costs, and not nearly as many donations. I think it also has to do with the fact that at one point the churches had a need to "flaunt" their wealth, it was in many cases the only time people got to see these beautiful things. They lived dark and depressing lives and if church was just as dark and depressing, they had no reason to go. Today, people have different needs...

    Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:12 PM on May. 3, 2010

  • I don't know about all churches, but Baptists and United Methodists, reject the idea of Christ still being on the cross as well as over ornamentation, wanting the focus to be on the Cross.

    Answer by GMMOLLY at 12:05 AM on May. 4, 2010

  • If you "gots the money" you can put in ornate stained glass windows, statues of religious figures, and paintings. In older churches, the congregation was often illiterate and unable to read the bible stories, so these stories were illustrated in the artwork so that every time the parishoners came to the church, they would remember what story went with that painting or glass window. Today, the congregation is usually able to read their bibles (they just don't read ALL of it), so less of the story-telling art is needed. And, you will still notice, there are always tons of pictures and stuff in the sunday school classrooms where there are preschoolers who can't read yet. Same principle.

    Answer by witchqueen at 4:04 PM on May. 4, 2010

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