Jump directly to the content

World's First Cardboard Cathedral Created after New Zealand Earthquake

Meanwhile, church continues court fight to demolish its iconic old one.
World's First Cardboard Cathedral Created after New Zealand Earthquake Jocey K/Flickr
Front of Transitional Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The 6.5-magnitude earthquake that shook the capital city of New Zealand today was a sobering reminder of a similar 2011 earthquake that killed 200 people and decimated one of the island nation's most iconic churches.

Yet today, Christchurch residents have what church leaders hope is an encouraging symbol: the world's first cathedral constructed largely out of cardboard.

Christchurch Cathedral (2003)
Lover of Romance/Wikimedia Commons

Christchurch Cathedral (2003)

However, the new transitional building—designed to host 700 people and last five decades—remains controversial in a city that "[takes] pride in being called that most English of cities," notes The Guardian. And the city's Anglican church is still fighting in court for permission to demolish (instead of rebuild) its 132-year-old, heavily damaged Gothic cathedral—though an appeals court recently ruled in its favor.

CT has reported on New Zealand, including how it denied charity status to Exodus International and disproves of Messiah as a baby name.

CT has also examined how a banned Methodist hymn sing indicates Fiji's church-state conflict is worsening, as well as how Pacific Islanders are relearning natural theology as rising sea levels threaten their future.

Support our work. Subscribe to CT and get one year free.
Posted:August 16, 2013 at 2:41PM
Gleanings aggregates what others are reporting. Learn more.
Recent Posts
Compassion: 145,000 Children Could Lose Sponsorship by Christmas
Christian charity's largest country, India, no longer lets it transfer money. And now it's run out.
Died: Thomas Oden, Methodist Theologian Who Found Classical Christianity
His contribution to theology: nothing new. And that's what made him famous.
Christians Win Nepal's First Anti-Evangelism Case
Court frees grief counselors charged under former Hindu kingdom's new constitution.
Opposition to Assisted Suicide Dies Out
Most Americans, including 4 in 10 evangelicals, want doctors to help terminally ill patients end their lives.
Christianity Today
World's First Cardboard Cathedral Created after New Zealand ...