A quiz question regarding Christian history

 

Could it have been Michelangelo, for his magnificent dome over the Cathedral of Florence? No.
How about Ghiberti, for the “Doors of Paradise” on the Baptistry in front of the Cathedral? Again, no.

 

I was reading something last night by the prolific Boston-based Catholic philosopher and apologist Peter Kreeft, and he gave me an idea for an item that perfectly combines my religious-historical interests and my libertarian-leaning political conservatism:

 

Q.  Who was the first Christian in history to be given a government grant?

 

No, he didn’t build the cathedral at Chartres.

 

No, she didn’t lead the armies of France.
(Did you know, by the way, that a significant number of the Christians polled in one survey identified St. Joan of Arc as the wife of the patriarch Noah?)

 

No, he didn’t receive the money from the Emperor Constantine the Great.

 

No, it wasn’t the artist who did the Byzantine mosaics in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia at Ravenna.

 

Q.  Who was the first Christian in history to be given a government grant?

A.  Judas Iscariot.

 

(I dunno.  That just seemed unusually appropriate — or unusually inappropriate — on this day, of all days.)

 

Posted from Bountiful, Utah

 

 

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