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The Secret Language of Churches & Cathedrals

Author : Richard Stemp
Publisher : Watkins Media Limited
Page : 224 pages
File Size : 54,9 Mb
Release : 2016-07-19
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781780289618

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The Secret Language of Churches & Cathedrals by Richard Stemp Pdf

Who is depicted in that stained glass window? What is the significance of those geometric figures? Why are there fierce-looking beasts carved amidst all that beauty? Is there a deeper purpose behind the play of light and space in the nave? Why is there a pelican on the lectern and ornate foliage on the pillars? The largely illiterate medieval audience could read the symbols of churches and cathedrals and recognise the meanings and stories deliberately encoded into them. For worshippers these were places of religious education and an awe-inspiring feast that satisfied both the senses and the soul. Today, in an age less attuned to iconography, such places of worship are often seen merely as magnificent works of architecture. This book restores the lost spiritual meaning of these fine and fascinating buildings. The Secret Language of Churches & Cathedrals provides a three-part illustrated key by which modern visitors can understand the layout, fabric and decorative symbolism of Christian sacred structures - thereby bringing back to life their original atmosphere of awe and sanctity. Part One is an analysis of structural features, outside and in, from spires and domes to clerestories and brasses. Part Two is a theme-by-theme guide, which identifies significant figures, scenes, stories, animals, flowers, and the use of numbers, letters and patterns in paintings, carvings and sculpture. Part Three is a historical decoder, revealing the evolution of styles - from basilicas through Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic and beyond. For all those who seek to know more about Christian art and architecture, this richly illustrated book will instruct and delight in equal measure.

Secret Churches

Author : Richard Surman
Publisher : HarperCollins
Page : 360 pages
File Size : 48,7 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Church architecture
ISBN : UOM:39015080848834

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Secret Churches by Richard Surman Pdf

The churches of the British Isles offer an intriguing glimpse into craftsmanship, culture, and Christianity down the centuries. Some are celebrated landmarks while others are well-hidden, but every church harbors its own, fascinating story. More than 250 structures from around the Isles are highlighted in this unique guide, include the 6th-century Irish monastery of Clonmacnois in Offaly, the remote Romney Marsh churches, and St. Anthony's Chapel in Edinburgh. Some structures keep their secrets close—including the Rosslyn Chapel with its intricate, 15th-century carvings—while others are more overt, such as the chapel on Orkney Island decorated with elaborate frescos by Italian POWs. Beautifully presented with stunning color photographs as well as maps and an illustrated glossary, this is a lavish look at the best of the Isles’ churches.


Author : David Platt
Publisher : Multnomah
Page : 242 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2010-05-04
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781601422217

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Radical by David Platt Pdf

New York Times bestseller What is Jesus worth to you? It's easy for American Christians to forget how Jesus said his followers would actually live, what their new lifestyle would actually look like. They would, he said, leave behind security, money, convenience, even family for him. They would abandon everything for the gospel. They would take up their crosses daily... But who do you know who lives like that? Do you? In Radical, David Platt challenges you to consider with an open heart how we have manipulated the gospel to fit our cultural preferences. He shows what Jesus actually said about being his disciple--then invites you to believe and obey what you have heard. And he tells the dramatic story of what is happening as a "successful" suburban church decides to get serious about the gospel according to Jesus. Finally, he urges you to join in The Radical Experiment -- a one-year journey in authentic discipleship that will transform how you live in a world that desperately needs the Good News Jesus came to bring.

The Seven Churches of Revelation

Author : John Daniel
Publisher : Tim Baker
Page : 320 pages
File Size : 55,9 Mb
Release : 2008
Category : Electronic
ISBN : 9781890913984

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The Seven Churches of Revelation by John Daniel Pdf

Old Churches, Older Churches, and the Secrets They Kept

Author : Sandy Black
Publisher : Christian Faith Publishing, Inc.
Page : 47 pages
File Size : 50,9 Mb
Release : 2022-08-01
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781098039622

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Old Churches, Older Churches, and the Secrets They Kept by Sandy Black Pdf

Sandy continues with the second book in her trilogy to weave history and humor of old, turn-of-the-century churches. The resident cats and the parishioners who attend help share unknown and well-kept secrets and memories that will put a smile on the readers' face.

The Pope and Mussolini

Author : David I. Kertzer
Publisher : Random House
Page : 593 pages
File Size : 48,9 Mb
Release : 2014-01-28
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780679645535

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The Pope and Mussolini by David I. Kertzer Pdf

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE From National Book Award finalist David I. Kertzer comes the gripping story of Pope Pius XI’s secret relations with Italian dictator Benito Mussolini. This groundbreaking work, based on seven years of research in the Vatican and Fascist archives, including reports from Mussolini’s spies inside the highest levels of the Church, will forever change our understanding of the Vatican’s role in the rise of Fascism in Europe. The Pope and Mussolini tells the story of two men who came to power in 1922, and together changed the course of twentieth-century history. In most respects, they could not have been more different. One was scholarly and devout, the other thuggish and profane. Yet Pius XI and “Il Duce” had many things in common. They shared a distrust of democracy and a visceral hatred of Communism. Both were prone to sudden fits of temper and were fiercely protective of the prerogatives of their office. (“We have many interests to protect,” the Pope declared, soon after Mussolini seized control of the government in 1922.) Each relied on the other to consolidate his power and achieve his political goals. In a challenge to the conventional history of this period, in which a heroic Church does battle with the Fascist regime, Kertzer shows how Pius XI played a crucial role in making Mussolini’s dictatorship possible and keeping him in power. In exchange for Vatican support, Mussolini restored many of the privileges the Church had lost and gave in to the pope’s demands that the police enforce Catholic morality. Yet in the last years of his life—as the Italian dictator grew ever closer to Hitler—the pontiff’s faith in this treacherous bargain started to waver. With his health failing, he began to lash out at the Duce and threatened to denounce Mussolini’s anti-Semitic racial laws before it was too late. Horrified by the threat to the Church-Fascist alliance, the Vatican’s inner circle, including the future Pope Pius XII, struggled to restrain the headstrong pope from destroying a partnership that had served both the Church and the dictator for many years. The Pope and Mussolini brims with memorable portraits of the men who helped enable the reign of Fascism in Italy: Father Pietro Tacchi Venturi, Pius’s personal emissary to the dictator, a wily anti-Semite known as Mussolini’s Rasputin; Victor Emmanuel III, the king of Italy, an object of widespread derision who lacked the stature—literally and figuratively—to stand up to the domineering Duce; and Cardinal Secretary of State Eugenio Pacelli, whose political skills and ambition made him Mussolini’s most powerful ally inside the Vatican, and positioned him to succeed the pontiff as the controversial Pius XII, whose actions during World War II would be subject for debate for decades to come. With the recent opening of the Vatican archives covering Pius XI’s papacy, the full story of the Pope’s complex relationship with his Fascist partner can finally be told. Vivid, dramatic, with surprises at every turn, The Pope and Mussolini is history writ large and with the lightning hand of truth.

The Secret Lives of Church Ladies

Author : Deesha Philyaw
Publisher : Pushkin Press
Page : 161 pages
File Size : 42,5 Mb
Release : 2022-05-05
Category : Fiction
ISBN : 9781911590705

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The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw Pdf

The irresistible literary debut about the hidden desires of church-going Black women 'Left me wanting more. Masterfully written' Candice Carty-Williams, author of Queenie 'Joyous... It's a book in love with life' The Times 'Exquisite... delicious' Bolu Babalola, author of Love in Colour The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the raw and tender places where Black women and girls dare to follow their desires, and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. There is fourteen-year-old Jael, who nurses a crush on the preacher's wife; the mother who bakes a sublime peach cobbler every Monday for her date with the married Pastor; and Eula and Caroletta, single childhood friends who seek solace in each other's arms every New Year's Eve. With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church ladies are as seductive as they want to be, as vulnerable as they need to be, as unfaithful and unrepentant as they care to be – and as free as they deserve to be.

High Expectations

Author : Thom S. Rainer
Publisher : B&H Publishing Group
Page : 256 pages
File Size : 41,8 Mb
Release : 1999-02-15
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781433671890

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High Expectations by Thom S. Rainer Pdf

For over a quarter of a century the problem of losing church members has progressively increased. Today the situation is so bad that less than one-third of the members in some churches attend worship services. Church leaders are crying for help.In an effort to help church leaders, the Billy Graham School of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary conducted a massive research project involving nearly 287 churches. The most revealing aspect of the study was that the higher expectations placed on members, the greater the likelihood that the members would stay and be involved with the church. Using the data gathered from this project, Thom Rainer presents the first-ever comprehensive study about 'closing the back door.' Rainer looks at why people are leaving the church and how church leaders can keep the members.

Churches, Memory and Justice in Post-Communism

Author : Lucian Turcescu,Lavinia Stan
Publisher : Springer Nature
Page : 290 pages
File Size : 40,5 Mb
Release : 2021-08-24
Category : Political Science
ISBN : 9783030560638

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Churches, Memory and Justice in Post-Communism by Lucian Turcescu,Lavinia Stan Pdf

This book is the first to systematically examine the connection between religion and transitional justice in post-communism. There are four main goals motivating this book: 1) to explain how civil society (groups such as religious denominations) contribute to transitional justice efforts to address and redress past dictatorial repression; 2) to ascertain the impact of state-led reckoning programs on religious communities and their members; 3) to renew the focus on the factors that determine the adoption (or rejection) of efforts to reckon with past human rights abuses in post-communism; and 4) to examine the limitations of enacting specific transitional justice methods, programs and practices in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union countries, whose democratization has differed in terms of its nature and pace. Various churches and their relationship with the communist states are covered in the following countries: Germany, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Albania, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and Belarus.

The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal

Author : Arthur Edward Waite
Publisher :
Page : 534 pages
File Size : 52,8 Mb
Release : 2014-07-10
Category : Literary Collections
ISBN : 9781304998057

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The Hidden Church of the Holy Graal by Arthur Edward Waite Pdf

In the 13th century, over a few decades, a huge literature emerged around an unlikely tale. Survivors of the core of early Christianity make a perilous journey to Western Europe. They begin a hidden bloodline, preserve immensely powerful relics of the crucifixion, and carry a secret which, if revealed, would turn the established church on its head. A.E. Waite gets to the core of the Grail legend, an interwoven mass of narratives which started with seeds of pagan folklore and grew into a massive allegorical Christian epic.

Render Unto Rome

Author : Jason Berry
Publisher : Crown
Page : 434 pages
File Size : 51,7 Mb
Release : 2012-06-12
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9780385531344

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Render Unto Rome by Jason Berry Pdf

AN INVESTIGATION OF EPIC FINANCIAL INTRIGUE, RENDER UNTO ROME EXPOSES THE SECRECY AND DECEIT THAT RUN COUNTER TO THE VALUES OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. The Sunday collection in every Catholic church throughout the world is as familiar a part of the Mass as the homily and even Communion. There is no doubt that historically the Catholic Church has been one of the great engines of charity in history. But once a dollar is dropped in that basket, where does it go? How are weekly cash contributions that can amount to tens of thousands of dollars accounted for? Where does the money go when a diocese sells a church property for tens of millions of dollars? And what happens when hundreds of millions of dollars are turned over to officials at the highest ranks, no questions asked, for their discretionary use? The Roman Catholic Church is the largest organization in the world. The Vatican has never revealed its net worth, but the value of its works of art, great churches, property in Rome, and stocks held through its bank easily run into the tens of billions. Yet the Holy See as a sovereign state covers a mere 108 acres and has a small annual budget of about $280 million. No major book has examined the church’s financial underpinnings and practices with such journalistic force. Today the church bears scrutiny by virtue of the vast amounts of money (nearly $2 billion in the United States alone) paid out to victims of clergy abuse. Amid mounting diocesan bankruptcies, bishops have been selling off whole pieces of the infrastructure—churches, schools, commercial properties—while the nephew of one of the Vatican’s most powerful cardinals engaged in a lucrative scheme to profiteer off the enormous downsizing of American church wealth.

The Church Visible

Author : James-Charles Noonan
Publisher : Union Square + ORM
Page : 499 pages
File Size : 53,7 Mb
Release : 2012-08-07
Category : Religion
ISBN : 9781402790867

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The Church Visible by James-Charles Noonan Pdf

Revised and updated for the twenty-first century: the authoritative reference for the ceremonies, traditions, and protocols of today’s Catholic Church. In The Church Visible, James-Charles Noonan presents a detailed and comprehensive resource on all matters concerning the external life of the church. As the only book of its kind published in more than a century, it is the recognized authority on the subject—and the first to incorporate the momentous changes of the Second Vatican Council. This newly revised edition presents the most up to date information on such topics as Papal Honors, Church Protocol, Vesture & Insignia, the Universal Church, and more.

Minutes of the National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States of America at the ... Session

Author : National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States
Publisher : Unknown
Page : 790 pages
File Size : 42,6 Mb
Release : 1896
Category : Congregational churches
ISBN : WISC:89076996719

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Minutes of the National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States of America at the ... Session by National Council of the Congregational Churches of the United States Pdf