The Church of England is a business that is in terminal decline. People prefer other brands of superstition and now the government has mass media it no longer needs the church to keep the populace under control.
So when Sony used the interior of Manchester Cathedral in their game Resistance: Fall of Man you would have thought that the Church of England would be happy. For once the inside of one of their buildings would be seen by a large audience. But no, they showed their complete detachment from the realities of society by having a big whinge.
And now they are at it again. The Very Rev. Rogers Govender, dean of the cathedral, is whingeing that the game has been nominated for a BAFTAÂ (not that a gaming BAFTA has much credibility). He should be rejoicing. The decline of the Church of England is such that one day his cathedral will find a better use. As a car park, a shopping mall or maybe as a mosque. So the game will be an historic religious relic to remind of the days when such an important city centre site could be wasted on the irrelevant frippery of a Church of England cathedral.
He really should get out more.
So are you a fan of cucumber sandwiches and tea at the vicarage or do you follow the eminently sensible view that religion is the root of all evil (well, most of it)?