I’m not religious but I admire the incredible architectural wonders produced in the name of our planet’s innumerable gods. I’ve been inside some of the greatest cathedrals in the world: Chartes, Reins, and Notre Dame in France, The Dom in Cologne, Germany, National Cathedral in Washington D.C., and most recently, the Liverpool Cathedral in England. In a town most notable for the Beatles, this is an unexpected and awe-inspiring structure.
It’s the largest church in the U.K. and the fifth largest in the world. Being Anglican, it resembles an old Catholic cathedral but unlike those edifices, construction started in 1904 and has been ongoing since then. It survived two world wars and is bigger and better than ever. I can’t imagine attending a service there because I would be staring stricken at its stained glass and statuary instead of paying attention to the rites. But for me, the works of God are indeed the works of man. And results like Liverpool Cathedral mean more than the words in a book.