Church Project Theorem: Tabula Rasa

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In many ways the sister theorem to Pimp My Church, Tabula Rasa is one of more common themes you'll see in Philadelphia's churches. Tabula Rasa applies when a church undergoes decor changes because of needed repairs or renovations. Water damage, paint damage, fire damage, you name it. In those cases, the church becomes, literally, a blank slate, willing and able to accept whatever new design is foisted upon it.

It's worthing noting that Tabula Rasa churches almost never make any effort to recreate their old schemes, given the cost and skill involved. Mostly, the efforts are halfhearted, or far more modern and spartan than what came before.

That's what makes this theorem perhaps the most devastating of all. We like to pretend that all damaged churches can be magically restored to their former glory. That's very frequently not the case, unfortunately. Sometimes these buildings are just too wounded.

And in case you're confused about the difference between Pimp My Church and Tabula Rasa, it's pretty simple: the first one is entirely voluntary — changes you choose to make of your own accord, because you have too much time on your hands.The second one is involuntary, the changes you have to make because your plaster is falling apart, or your roof has a hole in it.

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