GOD'S house was not always Gothic; the soaring arch and ribbed vault were daring innovations in the 12th century. The lights and lines of the church interiors shown on the following pages may be as revolutionary as Gothic architecture once was, may seem distractingly unchurchly to worshipers for whom religion and tradition go necessarily hand in hand. But each day's worship—and each generation's—also has an immediate, here-and-now quality; all over Europe new churches are going up that are inspired by this immediacy of religious faith. Their builders, like modern U.S. church architects (TIME, Sept. 19, 1955). were influenced partly by the...

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