Depicting Jesus and Buddha

Today’s Bizarro cartoon takes a look at how we depict important figures. What do you think about this topic when considered in a more serious way? How has the openness of Buddhists and Christians to depicting the key figures in their traditions impacted the way people think about them? Has the prohibition against depicting Muhammad helped safeguard his [Read More…]

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X-Files 10.4: Home Again

The episode focuses in an effort to relocate the homeless in downtown Philadelphia to an abandoned hospital in Bucks County. Mulder accuses the two conflicting sides, saying they really speak for themselves. He asks who speaks for the homeless. While investigating, Dana gets a call that her mother is in ICU. Dana goes to the [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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Find the Panda: Star Wars Edition

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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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#YCAS2015 Third Panel

The session after lunch began with Brandon Hawk talking about the use of apocryphal narratives in medieval English preaching (as also in art), using the interdisciplinary approach of transmission studies. His specific focus was Pseudo-Matthew, which was particularly popular in that context, and which is used in the manuscript known as Bercelli 6, a Christmas [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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The Bible as Fantasy

I shared some science fictional explorations of Biblical texts by Ben Riddlebarger previously. He has been hard at work since then, and has offered more, including Gandalf as Moses, Shrek riding Donkey into Jerusalem, Peter being asked to perform a waterbender’s feat, and David vs. Godzilla. I appreciate these because they raise questions about how and [Read More…]

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Wahabi Time-Traveler

This cartoon from Evolving Perspectives finds a very clever way of using science fiction to satirize those Muslim extremists who are murderously opposed to artistic depictions of Muhammad. [Read more…]

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Pop Culture Characters in the Bible

Hemant Mehta shared some examples of the art of Ben Riddlebarger, introducing characters from pop culture (mostly television and movies) into scenes from the Bible. Here are a few of my favorites:     [Read more…]

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