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The Human Body in Christian Symbolism

Contrary to prevailing public impression, the human body has been, throughout history, and continues to be today, one of the principal symbols of the sacred.  It is a central point of focus in Christian art, architecture and iconography.

Genesis refers to humanity as having been created “in the image and likeness of God.” New Testament writers refer to the body as the “temple of God.” “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God?” 1 Cor: 6.  Read more …..


The Christian Cross

The cross is one of the earliest and  most widely used Christian symbols. It represents Christianity in general and  the crucifixion in particular. A great variety of crosses has evolved, with leading  examples illustrated here. With the possible exception of the face and figure of Jesus, the cross is the preeminent symbol of Christianity.  For our catalogue of Christian crosses.


The Sistine Chapel

Michelangelo Paintings from the Sistine Chapel
Come with us to Rome. Our image map brings you the painstakingly restored paintings of the Creation and Fall in one of the most beautiful settings anywhere. Under these images Popes are elected.


Most Popular Prayers of all Time

The Ten Most Popular Prayers of All Time
Well, actually, we’ve got twelve. But since two of today’s most popular prayers may not be on the list tomorrow, let’s call it ten. My selections include all time favorite and familiar prayers like the Lord’s Prayer, the Serenity Prayer, and the Prayer of St. Francis, along with the contemporary, and very popular prayer of Jabez and the Jelly Bean Prayer.

More prayers: some less popular but more powerful


Birds of the Bible

Birds signify the presence of God, whether in the form of the dove that signaled the presence of the Holy Spirit at the time of Christ’s baptism, the mother eagle that cares for its young, or the sparrow that signifies God’s concern for the most insignificant living things.  Read more ….


Is God a Republican?

Is God a Republican …. or a Democrat?
In the US, the name of God is routinely invoked, even in the most partisan contexts, including political rallies at the local level and the national conventions of both parties. The intent seems to be that God will look with favor upon the cause of a particular candidate or party. At the same time, the public seems to have impossible expectations of candidates.  Somehow they are expected to combine the political acumen of Machiavelli and the idealism of Moses, leading the nation towards its liberation from whatever captivity it currently faces. Expecting our candidates to exhibit qualities of both realism and idealism, we end up placing them in an impossible muddle. Disappointment and disillusionment are the inevitable consequences as any candidate for high office in this country is soon to discover.


Abraham Lincoln’s God

Abraham Lincoln’s Godlincoln
During a presidential election year, when politicians tend to invoke the name of God for partisan purposes, or “explain” various tragedies by blaming both God and the victims, Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address offers a refreshing alternative.


Re-Imagining Lent

Lent is the period of 40 days leading to Easter. It is one of the “pentitential” seasons. Modern day Christians are not exactly electrified by a season so long or so serious. But for this very reason, a rediscovery of what this season means may be exactly what the doctor ordered. The Science of Repentance

A look ahead at Holy Week and Easter


Bible Atlas Online

Bible Atlas
A complete atlas to the Bible featuring high quality maps covering all the place names one is likely to encounter in reading the text. This is an essential tool for anyone wanting to follow, and make sense of the scriptures of the Hewbrew Bible as well as the New Testament.  Bible Atlas


Sources of Symbolism in Christianity

Sources of Symbolism in Christianity
Christianity is, and always has been, a faith that finds expression in highly visual ways … through painting and sculpture, image, icon, symbol, design, and other non-verbal means. We take a look at the principal varieties of Christian symbolism, both traditional and contemporary.