Was it sinful for Abraham to have more than one wife?

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (Genesis 16:1-2) The story of SarahContinue reading “Was it sinful for Abraham to have more than one wife?”

Is this taking penis worship a bit too far?

If you think Christianity is too patriarchal by far, consider the heights to which these Bhutanese Bhuddists have taken it. For them, images of the phallus are an essential aspect of traditional ceremony. They were introduced the 15th-century Buddhist teacher, Drukpa Kunley, who’s unconventional Tantric teachings made a deep impression on the Bhutanese. Curiously, the sexualContinue reading “Is this taking penis worship a bit too far?”

Is sin sexy?

Is this how you imaging Eve? In researching Christian art I frequently come across highly sexualised interpretations of the temptation of Eve, with artists playing up the possibility that original sin was related to sexual knowledge. Often this atmosphere is accentuated by having the snake draped over Eve in ways not normally witnessed outside ofContinue reading “Is sin sexy?”

Sex, Death and a Baptist Dancer

This week I have been exploring Christian art related to the dance of the daughter of Herodias (Salome in some traditions) and the beheading of John the Baptist. In many paintings I found the dancing and beheading scenes were mingled into one. In some cases, in so graphic and erotic a way that there seemsContinue reading “Sex, Death and a Baptist Dancer”

Sexual Longing and Sacred Art

Following are a series of images inspired by the Song of Songs, a celebration of sexual love that is unique within the Old Testament scripture. “Song of Songs – Verse 3” by Anna Ruth Heriques “Song of Songs” by Eric Gill “Song of Songs” by Ruth Galanti “Song of Songs” by Yaron Livey For moreContinue reading “Sexual Longing and Sacred Art”

Does God favours testicles over ovaries?

John Piper seems to think so, this week claiming that God intentionally gave Christianity a “Masculine Feel”. You can read some of Piper’s comments from the Desiring God conference here. You can also read some critical responses from Rachel Held Evans, Christian Piatt, and Kristina Robb-Dover (hat tip to Rod Benson for the links). How do you thinkContinue reading “Does God favours testicles over ovaries?”