Art: The New Churches

Across the land this Christmas season, churches old and new, grand or unpretentious, prepare for the gladdest occasion of the Christian calendar. The choirs, practicing the favorite carols, come as close as they will be to perfection, creches are installed, candles lit. The old is comfortable and familiar. But across the wintry U.S. this year, more churchgoers than ever before will find themselves in novel surroundings (see color).

During the year 1960, a round $1 billion has been poured into new churches, accounting for 13.2% of all public buildings put up in the...

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