I have been lucky enough to travel to many countries and have seen some of the largest and most spectacular Cathedrals, Shrines, Temples and other monuments to religion on Earth.
I am well aware that these edifices are meant to inspire awe and wonder amongst the populous and perhaps even help 'convert' the skeptical.
However, as an atheist I have no such feelings.
I can, for example, appreciate the architecture of the Sagrada Famila in Barcelona. I can appreciate the skill in building such an elaborate structure. But when I start to reflect on how much money and the thousands of man hours it must have taken and then, the crux of the matter to me, the 'purpose' of such a building, I feel a overwhelming sadness for mankind.
I am interested to hear if my reaction is unusual or does anyone else have similar thoughts?
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