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SYMBOLISM OF FURNISHING IN HOLY BUILDINGS?

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Topic 2 The Nature of Belief (b) Explain some of the different symbols used in Christianity. [21] Within in Christianity there are a wide range of symbols which vary in size whether modern, traditional, denomination. They all symbolise different teachings, events and points within Christianity. In terms of Christian buildings, the architecture and design is often symbolic. There are four main types of buildings; Roman Catholic, Church of England, Orthodox churches and free churches. Roman Catholic and Church of England churches are usually large and this demonstrated their importance. They were built at the centre of the community to represent god's kingship on earth. Where as Orthodox churches are often in the shape of a cross, with a dome symbolising Christ's presence, eternity and nearness of heaven. Inside Roman Catholic churches and parish churches the altar is the focus of attention, as it's where the main act of worship takes place. ...read more.

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The pulpit is also a main focus of attention, it is slightly raised making the worshipping congregation look up, symbolising looking up to hear the word of God. The font which is where you are baptised, this symbolises the washing away of original sin, cleansing and replenishing you. Meaning you are therefore part of the Christian community. The dove is a traditional symbol of peace, purity and reconciliation. Reminding us of the Holy Spirit. Hassocks symbolise a respectful and humble approach to god through kneeling. Often hassocks have knitted icons on them reminding us of the many teachings jesus acts out within Christianity. There are a range of icons, statues and stained glass windows - all of which are symbolic, Icons are paintings and used to symbolise the presence of saints and as a means to pray. There are also colourful murals and stained glass windows depicting biblical stories. There are also a range of Greek originated symbols within Christianity, they can be expressed through ritual form. ...read more.

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Red signifies action, fire, charity and the sun of the joy of life and the Holy Spirit and is often used at Pentecost. Purple which represents fasting, faith and patience and used at advent and lent as it's a colour of penance. Church music is symbolic in Christianity as it is used to praise God and express belief. Hymns have been part of Christian worship for many centuries; they often contain passages of scripture which remind us of some fundamental points in Christianity. Choirs have an importance within music giving a leadership role by singing hymns of praise. Different instruments are used from organs to bass instruments; these depend on whether the hymns are solemn or dignified, and on the occasion. The type of instrument and mood is often symbolic of celebration or sadness. In summary, there are many symbols used in Christianity and they plays a vital part in religious expression. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES B (Philosophy and Ethics) 1931 Candidate Name: DOMINIC BAMBER DOMINIC BAMBER ...read more.

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