Sunday, November 9, 2008

Holy Brawl

Greek Orthodox and Armenian monks resort to violence at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Story from the BBC is here. Bizarre.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Sophia, The Wisdom of God

The above is an icon in the collection of the British Museum. It is a Russian icon from the late 17th century, depicting Sophia, God's Wisdom, along with Christ, the Theotokos ('God-bearer', Mary), and John the Baptist (a.k.a. Forerunner). Here's an excerpt from the site:
Amongst icons of the Mother of God in the collection of the British Museum is a fine icon of ‘Sophia the Wisdom of God’ (cat. no. 25) from the late 17th century. In this icon are represented two widespread versions of the symbolic union of the image of the Mother of God with the idea of Divine Wisdom ‘building her house’, understood as the creation of the earthly church. The image of the fiery-faced winged angel in the centre, according to Novgorodian tradition, arises from the prophecies of Isaiah about an angel of Great Light and the vision of John the Apostle in the Book of Revelation: ‘And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire’ (10:1).
Below is a more recent rendition of the above icon, found here:

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Reputation, Posterity and Cool = Fear

I'd like to share a blog post written by comedian/actor Patton Oswalt, in which he addressed the 2008 graduating high school class of his alma mater. Here's a quote from the post:
I completely ignored the deeper lesson which is do not judge, and get outside yourself, and realize that everyone and everything has its own story, and something to teach you, and that they’re also trying – consciously or unconsciously – to learn and grow from you and everything else around them. And they’re trying with the same passion and hunger and confusion that I was feeling – no matter where they were in their lives, no matter how old or how young.
Full post is here.