The second one strikes me better than the first because of the feeling of space. The large, looming cloud in the first one -- in the upper right -- seems to be encroaching a little too much. In the second photo, the dark cloud creates a natural vignette but it dominates a little too much in the first image.
You've got beautiful light on the church, though. Really like that part.
The second image is very nice; much simpler in composition. It's a nice lead-in shot and the red doors make for a good focal point. You've put them in just the right place. I don't feel like my eye is taken away from going bottom to top.
I disagree. I think Photography in itself is a hobby as well as a creative artform. I think its totally up to the shooter to convey the subject as he or she sees it. Will everyone like it? Of course not. The subject just doesnt have to be shown as it should be(real).
One of the better HDRs I have seen, but I'm not overly excited about the photos themselves. Agree with Parkerman... tight crop. Also kinda oddly framed, and not the most terribly interesting shot, but really nice sky.
Keep in mind, I'm biased against HDRs somewhat, so this may be coloring (ho ho) my feelings on this.