I worry that our iconoclast history was more of an act of conquest than it was an undertaking with enduring theological gumption. We know the many rituals of conquest: force military might, imprison the charismatic leaders, scatter the intellectual base, rape the women, enslave the children, and defile the sacred images. Now as Protestant people, the trajectory of the treatment of our images has twisted into something terrible.
VanZanten grew up in a Dutch Reformed context, and much of her life has been steeped in the Reformed tradition, though some of the schools where she’s taught English are more evangelical than Reformed. What is compelling about her story is her discovery of postcolonial African literature, especially South African literature.
Feb 12, 2014
Art selection and comment by Lil Copan
Tattoos, according to tattoo artist Danny Siviter, represent some of the most permanent statements a person can make. Some people use them to tell stories, some just to decorate their bodies, and some to proclaim what is most important in their lives. For many, what’s important is some aspect of their faith. Curated by Anna Golladay and Carl Greene, the exhibit Faithmarks, an initiative of St. Marks Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee, reflects the stories and spirituality of the city’s Northshore community. Each photograph is accompanied by a personal narrative. Portions of the exhibit are available to travel. More information is at ourfaithmarks.com.
When Mary Magdalene said she’d seen the Lord it was strangely disappointing One of the worst women saved from the street to have been first I knew it must be true that’s just what he would do but then when I was the only one to fight fear & search for myself the others lagging behind it was like the soldier’s spear went right through me too when I returned to hear the others bragging (that was the worst) that I was the only one not to have been there not to have seen where his hands were pierced I went into denial I won’t believe I said Anything less than my fingers in his wounds won’t be enough My words sounded odd to my ears A week later I was among them when he appeared & called my bluff My Lord & my God Conviction rolled off my tongue
HoneyMaid, maker of graham crackers, received many negative responses to its “This is wholesome” ad featuring a same-sex couple. Rather than backing down or counterattacking, HoneyMaid printed all the negative comments and had a collage made from them spelling the word love. Cheerios likewise doubled down when it received negative feedback to its ad featuring a mixed-race couple with a cute daughter. Cheerios ran a sequel to it during the Super Bowl (Washington Post, April 4).