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Art of Faith: Christianity

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Art of Faith is a sumptuous high-definition visual experience exploring the architecture and art of the world's religions, presented and narrated by the broadcaster John McCarthy. The films travel the world visiting the greatest and most significant religious buildings, exploring how the passions and complexities of religious beliefs have been expressed in architecture.

Looking back over the last 3000 years, the series provides an insight into how we have celebrated art through faith. With contributions from architects, scholars and worshippers, the films explain the buildings’ genesis, laying down the brush strokes of the sites’ design, whilst looking at the shared elements and contrasts between religions and the aesthetics of the places of worship.

Christianity looks at the diverse range of Christian worship and asks: what do these special places reveal about those who built them and those who created extraordinary artworks for them? What feelings do they prompt in those who work and worship there now? And how do these extraordinary buildings both shape and respond to the faith that is affirmed within them every day? In Britain, we’re familiar with thousands of parish churches, all different and distinct but almost all variants of a single pattern. But across the world, there’s an astonishing variety of buildings, ancient and modern, humble and grand, that are sacred to Christianity. These include Saint Catherine’s monastery at the foot of Mt Sinai, San Vitale in Ravenna, the cathedrals of Durham and Chartres, St Peter’s Basilica, and the beautiful chapel decorated by Henri Matisse in Vence, France.

Other titles in this series:
Judaism
Islam
Buddhism
Hinduism
Religions of the Tao

John Patrick McCarthy CBE is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster, and one of the hostages in the Lebanon hostage crisis. McCarthy was the United Kingdom's longest-held hostage in Lebanon, where he was a prisoner for more than five years.

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