Some people look at a beautiful religious building as grandstanding. The
faithful see it as their sign of respect to Deity.
Workmanship comes from purchasing the highest priced skills - which can only be
done when you have a lot of money, regardless of how the "community"
actually feels about religious grandstanding.
@ A Scientist,If you look into the building of religious structures
- especially historical ones, it was built by faith, dedication and hard work.
You can see their FAITH among the WORKMANSHIP at these structures. You may show
your faith, or lack thereof, differently.
Someone once pointed out that you can see the values of a community in its
buildings. When towns/cities are first built the religious buildings are
central. Next the government buildings gain prominence. Lastly, the business
buildings take over.Look around the US and see the truth of this.Our words may claim we put religion first, but our actions and our
buildings show otherwise.
It is frequently the case that religious buildings reflect nothing except the
wealth (and greed?) of a religious group, acquiring and building huge, gawdy
buildings against the powerless or indifferent community.
The story of the Copenhagen Temple also deserves to be told. Maybe some other