A Christchurch man who set fire to a church because he was "angry at God" has been jailed for six years at Christchurch District Court.

Cheyenne Reed, a 35-year-old technician twice burgled St Margaret's Presbyterian Church in November last year, stealing items such as a computer hard drive and speakers.

Then, on May 15, he returned to the church and set it on fire. The church was completely destroyed in the process, causing more than $2 million of damage.

Judge Gary MacAskill said Reed had told police he had started the fire because he was "angry at god for killing your friend in the Christchurch earthquake".

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Reed had said he wanted to "get back at the church", and had acted because of the "voices in your head told you to light the fire", the judge said.