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Richard Taylor to examine English parish churches

10th June 2010

Author and pastor Dr Richard Taylor will present a new six-part television series examining the architecture of parish churches.

How To Read A Church, which will be broadcast on BBC Four in the autumn, will look at how people throughout history have been inspired and enraged by the architecture, imagery and symbols found in parish churches in England.

The author will also discuss how the different styles of church mirror the changes in the ideas of God, living, dying and salvation throughout the ages.

Aaqil Ahmed, head of religion and ethics and commissioning editor at BBC Four, said the series will help put the different kinds of church found into England into their proper historical and religious contexts.

'By examining the symbolism in these churches we can see how Christian worship and social attitudes have changed throughout the ages,' he added.

Dr Taylor covered similar themes in his 2003 work How To Read A Church, which was described by the Daily Telegraph as 'a handy crash course in church literacy'.

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