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What someone might find in a Christian Holy building

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Topic 2 The Nature of Belief (a) Describe what you might find inside Christian holy buildings. [24] There are many different denominations of Christianity and many of them have their own style of Church, however all have the same basic objects. For example most of them have an altar and all except the Orthodox have pews to sit on during services. Another thing which most churches have in common are stained glass windows, these often depict a Bible story or character. The reason for this is that in the Middle Ages, many people couldn't read so that these windows showed a story to make the Bible Sermons they heard 'come alive'. A third aspect that all churches have in common is that they will all have a Cross somewhere, obviously representing the Cross on which Jesus died. ...read more.

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A third object which is unique to these churches is that there are choir pews just in front of the Sanctuary; other denominations have a choir but not always these special pews. Roman Catholic also have some objects unique to them such as the Confessional, where you can be forgiven your sins by a priest and a statue of the Virgin Mary in the top left corner. Two other denominations that have relatively similar churches are the Methodists and the Baptists, their churches are much more simple and plain when compared with those of Catholic and CofE. This is because they believe that the word of God should take preference. This is shown in the fact that the Pulpit is always in the centre, and there is no altar. ...read more.

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An example of something that is unique about Orthodox churches is that there are no pews at all and worshipers have to stand during services, however there are seats at the side for the elderly. There is a partitioning wall called an Iconostasis which separates the Sanctuary from all but the priest's view. The Iconostasis usually has pictures of saints which are often surrounded by gold leaf. In the middle of this wall there are the Royal doors and a curtain shrouding the altar, which sits behind it, from view. Along the length of the building there are stands for pictures of saints, also called icons. Another aspect which differs from other churches is that inside the church women must always wear head scarves and men must not wear shorts. ?? ?? ?? ?? GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES B (Philosophy and Ethics) 1931 Candidate Name: HARTZ Richard Centre Number: 51201 1 26/08/2008 ...read more.

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