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08 January 2009



I'm guessing , without clicking, that the EA don't like crucifixes for reasons consistent with general protestant altar-stripping glumness. I'm all in favour of them; we should get one at st.s (:-))

Andrew T

The crucifix is a totally inappropriate symbol for Christians to use:

"Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above"
Exodus 20:4

Crucifixes are in flagrant breach of this commandment and thus are nothing short of blasphemous. At the reformation they were rightly removed from houses of prayer along with the other baubles and ornaments that pervaded them during the dark ages of false religion.


Hmm, should Christians therefore stone to death disobedient children? Of course, if you're claiming to subscribe fully to John Knox-esque fundamentalist logic then am I assume that you didn't celebrate Christmas recently, as it's a blashpemous pagan tradition?
Fundamentalism is a "false" religion.

Mike G

It isn't a particularly attractive crucifix - nor is crucifixion, of course - but this one doesn't inspire much contemplative worship in me, as others of either 'victorious' or 'suffering' versions can do. The Puritan in me always prefers an empty cross...

Jim Christensen

The empty cross is understood (at least in existentialist theology) as a symbol of hope beyond suffering. "Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen." - Luke 24.5

"And after all of this
the truth that holds me here
Is that this emptiness
is something not to fear."
- Mary Chapin Carpenter, "Between Here and Gone"

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