. . .BUT SHOULD BELIEFS BE PUT ASIDE FOR A MOMENT?
I, and I imagine many other Christian architects and designers, find Clare Lasbrey and Ian Robertson's assertion that churches are anachronistic and that Christianity is close to being proven as a 2,000-year-old lie incredibly insulting and more than a little ignorant. While I wouldn't wish to reinforce the origins of the Christian faith in the pages of the AJ, it seems to me that the authors might as well judge any modern office building against the possible rise of home working, or the growth of new shopping centres against the rise in internet shopping.
To imply that a building is an anachronism because it does not fit in with your personal beliefs, or because of future, unknown, knowledge or events is not the basis for valid criticism.
Julian Harding, via email