As the proclamation for salvation becomes more tensed, controversies related to church activities keep escalating day by day.
As Norwich Cathedral located in eastern England constructed a foot fair ride a 50 foot fair ride inside the sanctuary on August 8 calling it a “helter skelter.”
“We have one of the greatest collections of medieval roof bosses anywhere in northern Europe,” he said. “The trouble is they are so high up that most people never get a chance to really appreciate them.”
Jane Hedges, canon of Norwich Cathedral said, “It’s fun, but it is about serious, really serious matters in trying to get people to think about the meaning of life. To think about their place in the world.”
Other leaders kicked against this act; one leading clergyman is calling it “blasphemous.”
Former chaplain to the queen, Dr Gavin Ashenden, said he priests at Norwich Cathedral have been “unprofessional” and are “making a mistake about what a cathedral is good for”.
“There’s a sliding scale between mockery and blasphemy. It’s a mockery because it’s treating God like a tourist attraction, instead of as the creator of the universe who is going to hold us accountable for our ethical failures,“ he told the British newspaper The Telegraph.
“It becomes blasphemy at the point where the cathedrals represent a long line of belief – much of which is martyred belief – people have paid with their lives to believe in Christ and cathedral is corporeal embodiment of Christ.”
“To turn this into entertainment,” he added, “is blasphemous to Christ and the people who died for Christ. It suggests cathedrals have lost their responsibility to Christ because they are preoccupied with the demands of society.”
The amusement ride is part of the “Seeing It Differently” project at Norwich Cathedral and ends on August 18.
The cathedral and Rochester Bridge Trust paired up to build a golf course with the hopes of attracting a younger audience to the church.
Each hole is accompanied by a brief explanation of the bridge in question, adding to the educational experience of the course.
Matthew Rushton, canon of Rochester Cathedral said, “Cathedrals are very confident at the moment to innovate and have events like this and to tell people about our faith in Jesus which is what we’re all about.”
“We are always looking for new ways to engage with young people and inspire them to take an interest in bridges and civil engineering, ” Andrew Freeman, operations manager at the Rochester Bridge Trust, said in a statement. watch video here
The church says it aims to educate visitors while they take part in a fun activity. The adventure golf course runs until September 1.