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DECODING CHRISTIANITY (2008)

So you think you know Christianity? You know its symbols, its shapes, its art and its rituals – but do you know what lies beneath them? How did they come into being, what do they represent, and why? This ground-breaking 6-part documentary series, unlocks the ‘codes’ of Christianity

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So you think you know Christianity? You know its symbols, its shapes, its art and its rituals – but do you know what lies beneath them? How did they come into being, what do they represent, and why? This ground-breaking 6-part documentary series, unlocks the ‘codes’ of Christianity

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The official release date for Decoding Christianity is March 2008

DECODING CHRISTIANITY provides a compelling new insight into both the artistic and the spiritual, decoding the signs, symbols, iconography, myths and miracles of Christianity.

In each episode, the presenter, Christy Kenneally begins by posing a key question that is fundamental to our understanding of Christianity – for instance, “What are angels, where do they come from and why do we believe in them?” He then sets out to find the answer to this question, investigating and decoding the signs, symbols, iconography, myths and miracles of Christianity. He seeks out the sources that hold the key to understanding our initial question and thus comes closer to decoding Christianity itself. Over six episodes, the presenter’s quest takes him to far-flung corners of the earth: from the primitive frescos in the catacombs of Rome, to the massive, colourful pilgrimage at Kulubi in Ethiopia, to the extraordinary Hill of Crosses in Lithuania, we are taken on a journey into Christianity in all its fascinating and colourful manifestations.

As our presenter’s quest progresses, he uncovers more mysteries. Tension builds as he is forced to ask questions of himself and his religion. He encounters experts, believers, enthusiasts, historians and holy people, all of whom help him on his quest to decode Christianity. As he continues his investigation, we are drawn into his personal journey of enlightenment and understanding.

Christy Kenneally realises that the spiritual and the artistic impulses are closely related. Throughout history, they have fed off each other: religion has inspired art and art has inspired religion. Through art and symbolism, the presenter decodes Christianity, unlocking its mysteries from the inside out.

Decoding Christianity is a Tile Films co-production with Vision TV international. The series was filmed in eleven countries including; the United States, Russia, Lithuania, Turkey, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Wales, Ireland, Ethiopia and the Philippines. The series is made with onscreen presentation in three languages; English, Irish and Welsh. It was co-produced by Tile Films for Smithsonian Channel USA, VisionTV Canada, S4C Wales, TG4 Ireland, UR Sweden and Channel 4 International UK


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