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A practical overview and explanation of different things one would find in a church: architecture, design, artifacts, symbolism. Useful for anyone of any religious background who visits a church or cathedral.

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Genre: Architecture
Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Hidden Spring
Release: 2005
File: 246 Pages
ISBN-13: 1587680300

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"Churches and cathedrals play an essential part in our heritage. As community-centred places of worship and as important tourist attractions, they are visited by millions of people each year. But churches were originally built to be read, and so are packed with images, symbols and meanings that often need explanation. This book will unlock all the treasures they contain. Described by Christopher Howse in the Daily Telegraphas 'a handy crash course in church literacy', the first edition of this unique and accessible guide to the common symbols and meanings in church art and architecture became a bestseller on first publication. Now this fascinating and lively book is available in a new illustrated edition. Over 100 stunning colour photographs represent the very best in church architecture - from paintings, fonts and altars, to pew ends, choir stalls and stained glass windows. It is the ultimate reference for anybody who wants to know more about what they see in a church or cathedral from the significance of church layouts, the symbolism of key scenes and the importance of details, to the use of colours and letters."

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Genre: Christian antiquities
Author: Richard Taylor
Publisher: Random House
Release: 2004
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781844132386

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This handy, easy-to-carry book provides the reader with a strictly visual approach to reading the architecture of churches. Covering all the ecclesiastical building types of Western Christianity, readers are taken on a journey tracing the development of the church building from the simple stone halls of the Anglo-Saxon period right through to the eclectic designs of the nineteenth century. Another addition to the bestselling How to Read series, How to Read Churches is a practical guide, showing readers how to search for architectural clues that tell hidden stories expressing the liturgical function and spiritual symbolism of a church building. The perfect companion to How to Read Buildings.

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Genre: Christian art and symbolism
Author: Denis R. McNamara
Publisher: New Amsterdam Books
Release: 2011
File: 256 Pages
ISBN-13: 1408128365

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This fascinating introduction to early Christianity sets it in the broader context of the political, social, & economic developments in the wider world. Direct quotations from primary sources accompany the narrative.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jean Comby
Publisher: Crossroad Publishing Company
Release: 1985
File: 202 Pages
ISBN-13: 0824507223

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Many Christians today long to become reacquainted with their ancient ancestors in the faith. They see a deeper worship and devotion in the prayers and hymns of the early church. And they believe that the writings of the early church can shed new light on their understanding of Scripture. But where and how do we begin? Our first encounter with the writings of the church fathers may seem like visiting a far country where the language, assumptions, concerns and conclusions are completely unfamiliar to us. In Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers Christopher Hall helps us through this cultural confusion, introducing us to the early church, its unique world, and the sights and sounds of Scripture that are highlighted for them. As Hall points out, the ancient fathers hear music in Scripture where we remain tone-deaf. Despite their occasional eccentricities, theirs is a hearing refined through long listening in song, worship, teaching, meditation and oral reading. And like true masters they challenge and correct our modern assumptions as they invite us to tune our ears to hear the divine melodies of the Bible. Reading Scriptue with the Church Fathers is an exceptional guide. Hall provides a warm, winsome, informative and indispensable introcution to who these leaders and scholars were, how they read and interpreted Scripture, and how we might read Scripture with them for all its worth. Note: Because this ebook is file is large, please allow a little extra time to download after purchase.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Christopher A. Hall
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Release: 2009-09-20
File: 227 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780830876648

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This collection explores the relationship between religion and the arts and challenges presumptions held in society about these two fields. Topics covered include church architecture, folk art, nineteenth-century classical music, contemporary fiction, recent film, performance art, and the battles over public funding of the arts.

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Genre: Art
Author: Eric Michael Mazur
Publisher: Bucknell University Press
Release: 2002
File: 155 Pages
ISBN-13: 0838755348

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Death is the one certainty in life, yet, with the decline of religion in the West, we have become collectively reluctant to talk about it. Our contemporary rituals seek to sanitise death and distance us from our own inevitable fate. If we want to know how previous generations dealt with death, graveyards (famous and not) tell us the history -- if we are able to read them. If we want to know how we struggle today with understanding or facing up to death, then graveyards provide a starting point. And, if we want to escape the present taboo on acknowledging our mortality and contemplate our own end, then graveyards offer a rare welcome. From Neolithic mounds to internet memorials via medieval corpse roads and municipal cemeteries, war graves and holocaust memorials, Roman catacombs, Pharaonic grave-robbers, Hammer horrors, body-snatchers, Days of the Dead, humanist burials and flameless cremations, Stanford shows us how to read a graveyard, what to look out for in our own, and how even the most initially unpromising exploration can enthral. This enhanced edition includes suggestions of over 40 graveyards and cemeteries to visit in the UK and beyond, a photographic tour of Saint Margaret's Cemetery, Burnham Norton and an audio tour by the author of Paddington Old Cemetery, London.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Peter Stanford
Publisher: A&C Black
Release: 2013-04-11
File: 272 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781441132758

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Genre: Reading
Author: Robert Hindes Groome
Publisher:
Release: 1857
File: 32 Pages
ISBN-13: OCLC:45081950

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Reading the corpus of texts written by the Fathers of the Church has always been a core area in Christian theology. However, scholars and academics are by no means united in the question how these important but difficult authors should be read and interpreted. Many of them are divided by implicit (but often unquestioned) assumptions about the best way to approach the texts or by underlying hermeneutical questions about the norms, limits and opportunities of reading Ancient Christian writers. This book will raise profound hermeneutical questions surrounding the reading of the Fathers with greater clarity than it has been done before. The contributors to this volume are theologians and historians who have used contemporary post-modern approaches to illuminate the Ancien corpus of texts. The chapters discuss issues such as What makes a 'good' reading of a church Father? What constitutes a 'responsible' reading? Is the reading of the Fathers limited to a specialist audience? What can modern thinkers contribute to our reading of the Fathers?

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Genre: Religion
Author: Morwenna Ludlow
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Release: 2011-04-28
File: 224 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780567185815

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Inspirational messages I've discovered over the years, in my travels throughout the midwest and southeast.

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Genre: Religion
Author: Jeffery W. Dukes
Publisher: Jeffery W. Dukes
Release: 2009-08-01
File: 180 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781448675159

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