Culture as a Source of Symbolism in Christianity
and commerical images in service to the Christian faith ... or is it Christianity
in service to commercialism? You decide. In any case, Christians are exchanging
traditional images, icons and symbols of faith for the images of commercial, pop
culture in communicating their faith.
there is a whole new generation of images and symbols to supplement all that have
The Fish The fish
has been an important Christian symbol, not only because of the fact that Jesus
included several fishermen in his close circle, but also because The initial letters
of each word in the Greek phrase "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior"
form the word ICHTHUS, which means "fish."
The Ankh Cross The Ankh Cross is an ancient Egyptian symbol
for life, combining the feminine circle and masculine staff to form the whole.
It was adapted by early Christians because of its resemblance to the cross.
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The Rev. Charles P. Henderson is a Presbyterian minister and
Executive Director of CrossCurrents.
He is the author of God and Science (John Knox Press, 1986).
A revised and expanded version of the book is appearing here. God and Science (Hypertext Edition,
He is also editor of a new book, featuring articles by world class scientists and theologians, and illustrating the leading views on the relationship between science and religion: Faith, Science and the Future (CrossCurrents Press, 2007).
Charles also tracks the boundry between the virtual and the real at his blog: Next World Design, focusing on the mediation of art, science and spirituality in the metaverse.