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Star Wars Icons

Star Wars Icons

By Kate Daley-Bailey……I recently found a few remarkable images of memorable Star Wars scenes crafted by Thai artist Chawakarn Khongprasert entitled Star Wars in Medieval Manuscript. These images stood out to me not because of the quality of the art itself, albeit the images are exceptional, nor even due to the ironic blending of pop culture subjects with traditional Christian artistic forms which I so often enjoy. These particular images reminded me of not just any presentations of Medieval Christian art but rather of a very specific style of Medieval Christian art form, Eastern Christian iconography.

Soasig Chamaillard: Re-imagining the Virgin Mary Through Pop Culture

Soasig Chamaillard: Re-imagining the Virgin Mary Through Pop Culture

By Lauren Cooper…..Across the world, the image of the Virgin Mary is an iconic one, easily recognizable regardless of one’s religious affiliation. It goes without saying that many Christians view the likeness of Virgin Mary as sacred, and yet it is not unreasonable to suggest that this reverence for the virgin mother’s image extends beyond Christianity. It is an image universally held in high esteem because of its association with the sacred, regardless of whether or not there are beliefs attached to this association.

The Mythology of Matthew Ritchie: An Attempt to Rewrite the Beginning of the Universe…Sort of…

The Mythology of Matthew Ritchie: An Attempt to Rewrite the Beginning of the Universe…Sort of…

What do you get when you cross a group of drug-addicted thugs with some musically inclined angels, a gang of corrupt cops, a soon-to-be pregnant actress, an astronaut, and a Golem? According to Matthew Ritchie, you get the Big Bang, or the beginning of the universe as we know it. Or not. It could also bring Armageddon or the Apocalypse. It is a fall from the heavens (one might choose to say ‘grace’); it is a simple event that gets the universal ball rolling. It all depends on the button pushed- the character chosen (who chooses is still a question up for debate)

The Burning Bush They’ll Buy, but Not ESP or Alien Abduction

The Burning Bush They’ll Buy, but Not ESP or Alien Abduction

By Mark Oppenheimer, New York Times
Practically anything goes at the American Academy of Religion’s annual conference, where scholars of dozens of religions convene annually to debate, relate and on occasion mate. Conversation ranges from the Talmud to tantra, from Platonism to Satanism. This year, from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 in Atlanta, nearly 5,000 people attended panels including “Seeking New Meanings of God and Dao” and “Madness, Smallpox, and Death in Tibet.”

The Tapestry of Artistic Convictions

The Tapestry of Artistic Convictions

Burchfield also began to try to paint sound, especially in scenes taken directly from local nature, where the trees are depicted almost as if they are vibrating with the hum of the katydid and lyric birdsong. He was fascinated by the world, not just the human world (born and raised in Ohio, he moved to Seneca Falls, NY, near Niagara Falls, in 1925… hence the long interest in loud nature and big sound).

Lost: A Reflection

Lost: A Reflection

Unlike the average sitcom, the events of ‘Lost’ challenge the viewers and engage their minds on multiple levels. Although the audience encounters what may at first appear fantastical, these fantastical confrontations are readily converted to relatable human issues. Natures’ transience, humanity’s interconnectedness, possibilities of truth behind myth/magic still existing in the world, and the many forms faith presents itself in the world are old issues, all too familiar—if not in the surface of most people’s minds then in the recesses of one’s consciousness, as it attempts to locate itself and make sense of the world.