The Voice of God in a Great Storm

Today is Trinity Sunday; the day in the Western Christian calendar where we celebrate the three “persons” of God. Traditionally these are referred to as Father, Son, and Spirit (but I’d love to play around sometime with non-traditional representations of the Trinity). I have mentioned before the not-so-tongue-in-cheek descriptions of Trinity as “two White dudes …

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They open their throats as wide as Sheol

This painting is by a follower of Hieronymus Bosch, and anyone who is familiar with Bosch’s work will immediately recognize the very…Boschesque…subject matter and style. The subject is the Irish knight Tundale’s vision of a trip through heaven and hell and depicts the souls of the damned, tormented because of the sins that they committed in the Earth.

The Sordid Calvinist History of Destroying Art

We don’t see icons too often in Western Christian churches. The use of icons in worship is something that our Protestant churches lost in the split from the Catholic church – although “lost” might be the wrong word for it. To say you lost something implies a sort of passivity. But the lack of icons in Protestant churches was quite purposeful.

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