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The Face of Jesus

The Face and the Figure of Jesus With the possible exception of the cross, the figure of Jesus is the central symbol of Christianity. This, despite the fact that no one knows what Jesus looked like. Contemplating this symbol can not only deepen your appreciation of Christianity, it can be a central part in the […]


The Significance of Color in Christian Symbolism

Color plays a crucial role in the symbolism and iconography of the Christian tradition.  Here we outline the meanings associated with color in Christian worship, art, architecture and design. Read more ….


Christian Symbols

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. Sources of Symbolism in Christianity


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 […]


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 […]


The Maltese Cross

The Maltese Cross This cross has a long history. It has been associated with the Order of Knights of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as the “Knights Hospitaller.” This order began with the establishment of a hospital in Jerusalem, and has long been associated with caregiving, but also took on military […]