“I always thought of religion as a path up a mountain; there had to be a point. I think I’ve begun to see that while many religions do set a goal of some sort of salvation, it’s really about the thoughts, actions, and feelings along the way. Even for an atheist, religion isn’t a meaningless relic—it’s a mechanism for understanding myself and the world around me.”
"At my church, my Pastor speaks for two and a half hours to nail down our purpose. At these sites I just have to walk in and look around and I feel more than what my Pastor has ever made me feel with words."
“I really liked the Rothko Chapel. In comparison to the Greek Orthodox Cathedral it was a lot more personal of an experience. It was quiet and calm, which allowed my mind to wander. Each of the paintings were similar (but still different), which could symbolize the similar (but different) religions in our world. The architecture pointed up to one light on the ceiling, which is sort of like all religions trying to connect with similar ideas on the big questions in life.”
“I’m not confused. Entering the Rothko Chapel has only confirmed my suspicion: All religions are one. We can pray, meditate or stare at what is important to us and do it in a quiet, respectful manner. The black paintings just serve for us to make what we want from them. I know this because I began seeing faces, animals, water, mountains and etc. What does any of it have to do with a chapel? Who knows? But that’s the mystery of religion.”
“Certain places of worship draw an extrospective experience: think of Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral where the church makes you think of the wonders of God; certain [other] places draw out an introspective experience: think of Rothko Chapel where you think within and conjure memories.”
“This experience so far has been nothing like what I had imagined [it would be]. I didn’t know sacred places could so much differ from one to the next, with basically all the same goal. Their ways of reaching god or whatever or whomever they wish to reach are so different, yet they all generally get you to the same place. A lot of religion comes from the cultural background.”