Thursday, March 30, 2006

Christianity: Nice Stories and Imagery, But Apparently The Icons are Bogus

This doesn't mean I'm going to stop occasionally wearing my crucifix-cut-from-a-quarter friendship necklace I got at the Renaissance Festival one year, but Jesus probably wasn't crucified the way they like to suggest. Far from it.


Anonymous mikeswanson said...

Not bogus:

"The authors do not express any doubt on the act of Jesus' crucifixion itself."

So theologically, this study has nothing to contribute as I can't think of any reason why the manner of crucifixion is important.

Also, I didn't see this study mention the most popular shape for Roman crucifixion crosses at the time- not the Christian icon, but a "T" shape. To me this is a more compelling difference in Christian icongraphy than the scientific aspects of how Jesus was possibly crucified. I don't think the "T" shape make the icon bogus either. Why is the Royal Society of Medicine publish a study with such weak results if they're so prestigious?

6:44 PM  
Blogger Lapp said...

A fair point to make. I don't think their aim was to take a swipe at Christianity per se. The way I see it, it is historically (if not theologically) interesting to note that the traditional symbol of the religion may basically be a mistake. That's all.

9:33 PM  

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