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Wondering, do you claim being an atheist or a believer? This is all more of a big work in case of the latter.

For example, I think I sort of have faith in God most of the time, so to speak. At least, I usually try my best, but I surely wouldn't do this. I guess I'm too lazy, not brave enough.
Religious temples are more or less like hospitals to me, meant for the sick.
Then I feel uncomfortable to these things.

There's some bit of death atmosphere or whatever dark in there, right?
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I'm an atheist, think religion is pretty stupid. I'm doing this because religious buildings are usually the prettiest buildings in cities and many in the US and especially this region become abandoned and torn down unfortunately. I mean it's a good thing that people are starting to realize that religion is all made up crap, but sad that these beautiful buildings are forgotten about and torn down because the US for the most part cares nothing about it's historic architecture, especially in small towns.
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I'm an atheist.
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I mean it's a good thing that people are starting to realize that religion is all made up crap.
Jesus was hugely popular within the retarded society he lived 2000 years ago. He was like so fucking pop that people wouldn't give him a break. He usually had a sick crowd hanging on his soles, even though he didn't even mind going bare foot for himself.

You see? He could've raised an army to crush his opponents. I guess it would've been easy for him. That's why the Romans feared him so much, when their main concern was to maintain peace in their provinces. His sick worshipers would've died for him. But he didn't do that... He chose some different way to crush the entire world throughout the ages.

You can't be doubtful at such a man. Especially now that archaeology is showing more and more his unique plentiful life. Thank him for science.
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These churches are amazing, Pennsylvania is such a beautiful state.
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Some more churches from this weekend.

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Calvary United Methodist Church, Allegheny West, Pittsburgh

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The newly restored St. Peters Church in Allegheny Center, Pittsburgh

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Immaculate Heart of Mary, Polish Hill, Pittsburgh

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St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Butler

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First United Methodist Church, Butler

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St. Peters Anglican Church, Butler
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Smithfield United Church of Christ in downtown Pittsburgh


The outside of the church is covered in a mesh due to the exterior crumbling, but they don't have the 4 million dollars to restore the exterior unfortunately. Also, this is one of the few churches in the world, the only one I know about actually that has an aluminum steeple. Alcoas old headquarters are just down the street from here, and they were one of the largest aluminum manufacturers in the world.


St. Boniface Catholic Church in Pittsburgh's destroyed East Street Valley neighborhood. In the late 8os virtually the entire historic row house neighborhood was wiped out due to the construction of Interstate 279. They were even going to tear down this church, the last remaining clue that a neighborhood was once here, but luckily the stupid sprawl inducing highway was slightly moved to preserve this church.


The interior of the above church.


This is the rarely seen backside of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The large doors next to the Christmas tree swing open during services and are usually closed most of the time. The swinging doors lay on a metal track and are about 50 feet tall.

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The 1906 St. Phillip Catholic Church in Crafton, Pittsburgh.

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St. Joseph Catholic Church, Erie

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St. Hippolyte Catholic Church in the tiny town of Frenchtown, south of Erie.

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Episcopal Cathedral of St. Paul, Erie.
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This is the rarely seen backside of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Pittsburgh. The large doors next to the Christmas tree swing open during services and are usually closed most of the time. The swinging doors lay on a metal track and are about 50 feet tall.[/QUOTE]

Very neat pic! I've been here for Christmas Eve service a few times. Although the building itself doesn't, the congregation predates the nation! By more than 30 years too I believe
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Very nice photos and would agree that
Church's are the best looking buildings in most
small towns.Walking into any church and looking
down the aisle with its high ceiling is pretty cool
and just having that quietness along with an old wood smell is an expierience.....you can sence it from the photos.Good job PhotoL.
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St. Marys Byzantine Catholic in Johnstown

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Cambria City, Johnstown, St. Mary's is the domed one in the front.

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Resurrection Catholic Church, Johnstown, the one with the green steeples in the above photo

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First Baptist Church, Pittsburgh

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Old Order Amish Church, Myersdale, one of only 4 Amish Meetinghouses where services are held, and all are part of the Somerset County Amish Group, one of the oldest groups in the US. This meetinghouse was built in 1881.

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One of the other meetinghouses, also built in 1881 just a few miles down the road from the above one near Salisbury, PA in Somerset County

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St. John United Church of Christ in the tiny town of Salisbury, Somerset County

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St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, Windber, PA
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The Laurel Highlands area (Altoona, Johnstown, Greensburg, etc.) has a very interesting and prominent Catholic history.

It's too bad the area is such a bastion of hillbilly conservatism now.

I was just in Johnstown for the first time in a while last week. What a thoroughly depressing place it is.
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Those Johnstown ones are awesome. I remember Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Altoona as a child when my Gradmother forced my brothers and I there every Christmas eve. I remember staring at the interior of the dome the whole time. Definitely add that to your list, but it is outside of Western PA I guess.

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I posted a photo of that Altoona church on the previous page and also yes, Johnstown is a horribly depressing place.
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Heinz Chapel, built in 1930 at the University of Pittsburgh Campus.

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Third Presbyterian in Pittsburgh's Shadyside neighborhood, with its beautiful Tiffany stained glassed windows.

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The Laurel Highlands area (Altoona, Johnstown, Greensburg, etc.) has a very interesting and prominent Catholic history.

It's too bad the area is such a bastion of hillbilly conservatism now.

I was just in Johnstown for the first time in a while last week. What a thoroughly depressing place it is.
That's what happens when you have a many decades long procession of political leaders who completely ignore the economic plight of the rural and small town areas of the country, allowing them to decay into oblivion.
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