The Archbishop made an impassioned attack on the controversial project, calling for Christians to remember the humble origins of Christmas.
Dr Hope drew a contrast between the nativity and what he calls the "self- glorification of man" which he said the Dome represents. "What a stark contrast there is here with the way in which it is proposed we are to celebrate in a year's time the second millennium of this birth," he said in a newspaper interview,
"The great humility of the manger has now become the hubris of a dome, a dome to celebrate the apotheosis of man rather than the glory of God ...
"The celebration and preparation for the second millennium of the Saviour's birth ought to be a ... recognition of our human fragility, frailty and finiteness."
His words are likely to inflame feelings among some Christians that the Dome lacks a Christian emphasis.
Dr George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury, appeared unmoved by the latest Dome row yesterday and was said to be fully supportive of the project.Reuse content