A Response to the Centenary Lecture

Author: 
The Very Revd Professor J A Whyte

In responding to the lecture by Professor Bernard Reymond, Professor Whyte responds to the question, Is a genuine reformed architecture possible today? But do we have a reformed understanding of the church and its worship? Major influences are American fundamentalism and revivalism, and an undiscriminating and uncritical ecumenism. Whyte laments the closure of churches, the lack of imagination in preserving significant buildings. He notes that the Church Service Society began to revitalise worship through the recovery of a genuine Reformed tradition, but later an Anglicising archaism came in. After 1945, architects were not briefed in terms of worship, education, preaching and theology. St Columba's Glenrothes broke the mould.

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Volume 34 Pentecost 1998, p44
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