This article examines responses of the institutional Church of England to the issue of memorials to the Second World War. It explores the debates concerning the relationship between beauty, utility and the notion of "Christian civilisation", particularly with regard to the reconstruction of bombed churches. It argues that debates among interested clergy and others within the wider cultural "establishment" over the future form of memorials was more lively than has often been supposed hitherto. This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in 'Forum for Modern Language Studies' following peer review
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