Wednesday Photo: The spire of All Saints’ Church, Cambridge at sunset
This photo was taken in August during this year’s crazily hot summer. It shows the spire of the now redundant All Saints’ Church on Jesus Lane in Cambridge. The church is a remarkable building that was built in the 1860s according to the plans of George Frederick Bodley (1827-1907), and the excellent Churches Conservation Trust website describes it, rightly I think, as being “a triumph of Victorian art and design.” For those interested, you can read a pdf copy of the guidebook at this link.
Whenever I see such a fine religious building as this no longer in use it does set me wondering once again about the future of formal forms of the Christian religion in the UK which continue to decline at a significant rate. I most recently reflected upon this in a piece back in November 2020 called When is ruination not (quite) ruination?—Some Christian a/theist thoughts inspired by Heidegger and Bonhoeffer. The plain truth of the matter is that, these days, the wonderful sunset before which the spire stands speaks to me more eloquently of the divine and the sacred than the building. As Spinoza once wrote, deus sive nature . . .