Some photos of Guyhirn Chapel - a place in the heart of the Fens built for the preaching of the word
However, regular readers of this blog will know that, despite my great love of the word I'm no Biblical fundamentalist, far from it - and though I must be careful about what is meant by this in fact I'm a certain kind of Christian Atheist. Anyway, the crucial point I want to make here in connection with this beautiful chapel and the word is that although I still think there is ‘the right word to speak, the one properly required for this sentence (if only [we] can hear it)’, in the end ‘it is the word properly required only for this sentence, not for the next or the next.’ As James C. Edwards goes on powerfully put it, ‘It is the right word, the only right word; but it is not the Word of the Lord, nor of any of the Philosophical Fathers’ (James C. Edwards, The Plain Sense of Things, Penn State Press 1996 p. 234)
Here, at Guyhirn on such a beautiful spring day, I was forcefully brought before the continued need always to be seeking the right word to speak to our own fractious times.
I've recently found pleasure in looking through this gallery: http://www.flickr.com/photos/qmh/page4/
It would be good if Unitarians & Free Christians had something similar...
The Guyhirn chapel is indeed lovely (but I must say the pews look very uncomfortable). I like white walls and plain interiors; much more restful than polychrome and ornament, and somewhere where one can exercise the imagination fully.
Richard Wright (1764–1836)
Good luck with your "church geekery" project and thanks for posting a comment.
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