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"I see little point in persisting in a discussion with one so obstinate as you" Martin White

Friday, August 19, 2005

mug shots

figure 45.1. look closer

He's done it again. It seems that Jesus' endless capacity to appear in the most incongruous of places has thrown up a new sighting - this time on a hawthron tree. I can't help but think it shows an impressive degree of imagination in those who discover them! To conjur the face of Christ in a smudge of mossy or burnt toast must take quite a particular outlook.

Perhaps more conventionally, I've been keeping an eye on this website as it's been building up - a catalogue of images of Christ through the centuries. A particular favourite of mine is the guerrilla Christ, as a highly charged and political piece, though I suspect there's some controversy about it.


Blogger Martin said...

You see, when I look at that I see the bloke in the background here, who I believed played Geoff in Channel 4's lovable Hollyoaks.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

Or Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia. Or Michael Jayston when he played him in the film.

8:02 PM  
Anonymous Mark said...

Wow, it looks like you're getting a horde of comment spam here.

Anyway, I wanted to thank you for linking to Christ Portrayed. It's fun and, sometimes, challenging. Guerilla Christ seems to be a favorite, but I think mostly for its novelty.

9:53 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Martin -

That Hollyoaks guy looks rather like some nice twinkley, if sinister, modern version of Rasputin. Needless to say when this supposedly lovable programme is on, I'm to be found busily doing something else. Like counting particles of dust in the air.

11:33 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Mark -

I don't know what I did to deserve 7 bits of spam. But I was sufficiently let down to find the majority of my exciting 10 responces were rubbish offers and tacky plugs that I deleted them all. That'll show 'em.

I think your project is really interesting, and strangely unusual, so definately worth drawing attention to. Without wishing to get all gushy, I think it's good healthy incarnational theology that you're up to.

Guerilla Christ does have that spark of suprise, and novety, which is perhaps unsuprising. I also rather like the "black Jesus'" images, but thus far they seem to be crucifixion and passion scenes. No bad thing, but I thought summit about life would be interesting.

11:38 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

That Hollyoaks guy looks rather like some nice twinkley, if sinister, modern version of Rasputin.

Yes, except that Rasputin looks nothing like him. Perhaps if he had a giant beard?

Either way, we're in early twentieth century Russia.

11:56 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

"Yes, except that Rasputin looks nothing like him. Perhaps if he had a giant beard?"

I was thinking more in terms of overall impression. Of course it would help if he had dark hair and a long beard - as would any of us hoping to become more like that mad monk.

The great advantage early 20th Century Russians had over us is that they didn't have to contend with poor soaps set in Chester (just to be sure people know my opinion on that matter!)

12:03 AM  
Blogger Barnabas said...

Hi Lauremce
Someone really likes to send you blog spam, you lucky man you :O)

4:28 PM  
Blogger mary said...

christ the gorilla?
no...guerilla. peace with a gun.

though gorillas

can be

angry young men


6:05 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Anderson -

I've yet again proved my ingratitude by deleting them. But then, as someone on Lorcan's site says, at least they indicate that you're notable for having lot's of readers/links! So flattering, it's like having many suitors.

2:37 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Mary -

Thanks for that poetic input, it's rather thoughtful. What interests me with the picture is just that tension that it holds - when freedom fighters and guerrillas and terrorists seem to slip through each other, how much can we find Christ in someone with a gun? Defence, liberation, abuse, oppression, rescue?

2:40 PM  
Blogger Barnabas said...

Laurence -

I'm getting spam comments now it's spreading!

1:32 PM  
Blogger Martin said...

I've had some too. It's quite clear that Laurence is to blame for everything.

6:37 PM  
Blogger La Bona said...

Nice entry ... I have responded to your comments pertaining to Jewish Jesus and Gentile Christianity here

1:01 AM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Hellow to all of you, from Greenbelt! I'll give a full roundup of the delights, upon returning....

Oh you can blame me if you like - it's clearly my popularity that's brought about all this spam and nonsence ;P But I just need to add here - whovere write a comment about burnt toast, apologies for deleting you in an absent minded moment. Don't be scared off - you're very welcome round these parts, unlike those who try to pimp themselves through me!

10:22 PM  
Blogger postliberal said...

Yes that's right, Greenbelt.

(I'm happy to pimp such things as I have sympathy with, of course).

10:26 PM  

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