Divine Artistry

It is common for theists to speak of God’s artistry in creation. But that image sits awkwardly with a number of purported beliefs of classical theism. Artistry involves challenge and accomplishment, but an omnipotent God cannot overcome obstacles in any meaningful sense. Artistry involves choosing colors or melodies, but classical theism has asserted that God always “chooses” [Read More...]

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Fundamentalist Paint-by-Numbers

The quote comes from a post on Brian Zahnd’s blog with the title “The X-Files is Better Than Scooby Doo.” Since the X-Files is returning next weekend, that is another good reason to share the quote and mention the post. Are you excited about the return of the X-Files? [Read more...]

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The Average Faces of Jesus and Satan

I had the two images above forwarded to me by a blog reader. They represent the average composite that emerged from combining the features of actors who've portrayed Jesus and Satan in films. I'll bet you can tell which is which without needing captions. Does this tell us anything about our stereotypes regarding these figures? [Read More...]

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Stop Wars

This Star Wars themed painting by Banksy seemed worth sharing. [Read more...]

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More Star Wars Icons

Via Mike Bird, I became aware of Alex Ramos’ Star Wars icons. Click through to see more of them. [Read more...]

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The Judgment of the Gods (The Graven Images Bible)

The Bible talks a lot about “graven images.” Where does that leave an engraver? Apparently it can lead to them making something called “The Illustrated Bible in Graven Images.” David Binnig has created a blog with a number of images made from linocuts. I particularly liked the one below, entitled “Judgment of the Gods,” since [Read More...]

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King Solomon and Peer Pressure

I had a piece on the website “The Toast” drawn to my attention. It pokes fun at the way women are depicted in artistic renditions of Solomon and his wives. For one example, it gives the painting below with the added caption shown: Click through for more examples, as well as the funny introduction. There are [Read More...]

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Sacred Selfies

I learned that the last supper selfie I shared recently is by artist Gunduz Agayev, who has created other images of religious people taking selfies. The Akedah selfie below is the one that seemed most striking and disturbing to me. Click through to see the others. [Read more...]

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Genesis Oven Mitts

Hemant Mehta blogged today that oven mitts decorated with the hands from Michelangelo’s “The Creation of Adam” are now a thing. You can buy them on Etsy. In other unrelated news, Charisma News apparently doesn’t know that Jonathan Cain is the pianist and keyboardist for Journey, not their lead vocalist. He recently married Pastor Paula [Read More...]

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Bible Typos

The claim that the Bible is inerrant, and in particular that the manuscript tradition used by the King James translators was divinely preserved so as to avoid error, is implausible for a number of reasons. But there is one simple fact that is particularly relevant: There have been Bibles which contained typos. Of course, anyone who [Read More...]

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