Art: When Is a Church. . . ?

The argument, peculiar to modern times, over whether a church "should look like a church" was being fought again in the U.S. and England.

In England, the Old had the edge. A 1940 air raid left 14th Century Coventry Cathedral a Gothic shell; in 1944, while bombs rained on England, a dispute started raging on how Coventry should be rebuilt. Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, 67, a Roman Catholic, and one of England's foremost ecclesiastical architects, readapted a design which the Church of England had used but forgotten so long that it seemed new: a cruciform cathedral with the high altar at the...

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