Category Archives: Non-Western Art

“Faith in Drag” podcast: on the role of images in Christianity and Hinduism

Encounter is a Sydney-based radio documentary feature program that seeks to explore the connections between religion and life. Two weeks ago they aired an episode, hosted by Allison Chan, that includes interviews with religious gift shop workers, Christian and Hindu … Continue reading

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Illuminations from an Armenian Gospel book

Before the Roman Empire adopted Christianity as its official state religion, Armenia did. Sometime around 286 an Armenian Christian man named Gregory (venerated in the Armenian Church as St. Gregory the Illuminator) was imprisoned for his faith by King Tiridates … Continue reading

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On the variety of Jesus depictions in art

“Beauty alone has never been the object of most of those who built, painted, sculpted, or carved to make visible this Jesus who left behind no proven image or even description in words of his appearance. He appears in art … Continue reading

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Luke 2:19: After the Shepherds’ Visit . . .

But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

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Luke 2:6-7: The Nativity

And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them … Continue reading

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Luke 2:1-5: The Journey to Bethlehem

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And … Continue reading

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Luke 1:26-38: The Annunciation

In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. … Continue reading

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The Christmas Story in Text and Image

Starting tomorrow and going through the 26th, I’m going to post daily selections from Luke’s Gospel account of Jesus’s conception and birth, along with a piece of modern religious art for each passage. My hope is that as you read … Continue reading

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“Revisiting the Question of the Use of Visual Art, Imagery, and Symbol in Reformed Places of Worship” by Geraldine Wheeler

This essay is published in Christian Worship in Reformed Churches Past and Present, edited by Lukas Vischer (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2003). Here are a few concrete points I’ve taken away from it: If we want to engage the total … Continue reading

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Roundup: Baby’s wonderland, public prayers, cancelled-wedding-turned-banquet-for-the-underprivileged, marriage under threat, and Noah movie

  “Creative Mom Turns Her Baby’s Naptime into Dream Adventures”: Queenie Liao likes to take fairytale-inspired photos of her son, Wengenn, while he sleeps. She calls the series “Wengenn in Wonderland.” A book of these photos was published last year … Continue reading

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