Houses of worship through the lens of an atheist

Published 9:21 AM ET, Sat December 7, 2013
Atheist photographer Houses of Worship 1Atheist photographer Houses of Worship 1
1 of 6
The North Shore Congregation of Israel Synagogue in Glencoe, Illinois, is the work of Minoru Yamasaki, the architect who designed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. Courtesy Mark Schacter
The Fred W. Symmes Chapel, part of a YMCA camp, sits at the edge of a cliff in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Cleveland, South Carolina. Courtesy Mark Schacter
Take a drive to the northern outskirts of Edmonton, Alberta, along highway 15 and you can't miss the ornate white facade of Nanaksar Gurdwara (a Sikh house of worship) rising up out of the prairie. Courtesy Mark Schacter
The Thrangu Monastery in Richmond, British Columbia, opened in 2010; it was the first traditional Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Canada. Its shrine hall has a 30-foot ceiling and a 13-foot statue of Buddha covered in gold leaf. Courtesy Mark Schacter
Master architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed Unity Temple, a church in Oak Park, Illinois. He was responsible not only for the building, but for the furniture and the stained glass, seen here in a view of the skylights in the main sanctuary. Courtesy Mark Schacter
The Dar-as-Salaam Mosque in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, opened in 2012. It is the first permanent mosque for the 100 or so Muslim families living in this community in eastern Canada. Courtesy Mark Schacter