Christian Art: The Fruit of the Spirit

Jesus once warned, “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good … Continue reading Christian Art: The Fruit of the Spirit

Indian Jewish Art

This curious painting by Indian Jewish artist Siona Benjamin is called Tikkun Olam. In Jewish teachings, Tikkun Olam is any activity that improves the world, bringing it closer to the harmonious state for which it was created. The pale blue female figure, balancing on a lotus flower, is a portrait of the artist herself. With … Continue reading Indian Jewish Art

Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

Kurt Vonnegut, author of Slaughterhouse-Five, once observed, "For some reason, the most vocal Christians among us never mention the Beatitudes. But, often with tears in their eyes, they demand that the Ten Commandments be posted in public buildings. And of course that's Moses, not Jesus. I haven't heard one of them demand that the Sermon on … Continue reading Kurt Vonnegut on Christless Christianity

God of the Moon, God of the Sun

Dia Na Gile, Dia Na Greine God of the Moon, God of the Sun A hymn from the Carmina Gadelica DIA na gile, Dia na greine, Dh’ orduich dhuinne Mac na meine. Muire min gheal air a glun, Criosda nigh nan dul ’n a h-uchd. Is mise an cleireach stucanach, Dol timcheall nan clach stacanach, … Continue reading God of the Moon, God of the Sun

A word of encouragement for Christians on the margins

I meet a lot of disenchanted Christians and former Christians who think they’re alone in their desire for expressions of Christianity that are more engaged with nature, more empowering of women, and more encouraging of creative expression. And it is true that many Christians give such concerns lip service at best; some being outright hostile … Continue reading A word of encouragement for Christians on the margins

The Horned Moses in Medieval Art

The Horned Moses in Medieval Art

A curious feature of medieval and renaissance depictions of Moses is that quite a few paintings and sculptures imagine him as horned. Indeed he looks a lot like a Pagan horned god in many of them. Many scholars believe this was due to a mistranslation in the Vulgate, the Latin translation of the Hebrew scriptures … Continue reading The Horned Moses in Medieval Art

Gun worship

Gun bless America

I have gathered here a collection of comics and other images that challenge gun worship. Alan Redpath, a well-known British pastor and author, once defined idolatry this way: “Our god is the thing we think is the most precious. For whom we would make the most sacrifice. Who moves our hearts with the warmest love. … Continue reading Gun bless America

Do not envy the violent

The book of Proverbs cautions against envying the violent. But we live in a society that glorifies violence, that sees it as entertaining even. It is hard not to follow in their ways. It is easy to sit in judgment on cultures like that of the Romans, saying that they were barbaric in their gladiator … Continue reading Do not envy the violent

Hell from a Buddhist Perspective

An image from the 12th century "Jigoku Zoshi (Hell Scroll)" located at the Nara National Museum in Japan. It depicts a Japanese Buddhist version of Hell. The primary difference between Buddhist versions of Hell and Christian versions of Hell has to do with their different conceptions of time. Buddhist regard time as circular, so stays … Continue reading Hell from a Buddhist Perspective