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When you walk into Hallgrimskirkja, it is different than most churches you walk into. You get this combination of seeing all the stuff that is typical in churches – pews, windows, an altar, pulpit, organ, etc.

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At the same time, it feels as though you are walking into a large cave, an underground cavern in the earth.  In an odd way, it feels like the cathedrals of old – you feel small and insignificant in regards to the whole of creation.  The point in earlier times was to focus on humility – you are not the center of the universe.  Not a bad thing frankly.

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On the day we went in, there was an organ concert.  The organ sounded absolutely amazing.

When you go up to the area around the altar, you are treated to a minimalist altar.  In a weird way, it kind of makes me think that this is what the chapel on the Death Star might look like.  Yet, here we are in a Christian church, worshiping something completely different than what the Sith have faith in.

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What goes into a church in important.  A seminary professor once said that architecture trumps theology every time.  Now I can’t help but think of that every time I walk into a church.  I often ask myself, what is the architecture conveying and does it match the theology?

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How are the symbols and other features of a church being used to convey the actual theology and beliefs of the people and the church?

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