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lay waste with fire the heart of man

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medieval:

Another guardian of the kingdom.
From a copy of the Persian version of Qazwini’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, “The marvels of creation and the oddities of existence”, commonly known as “The cosmography of Qazwini”.  1500s. 
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medieval:

Another guardian of the kingdom.

From a copy of the Persian version of Qazwini’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, “The marvels of creation and the oddities of existence”, commonly known as “The cosmography of Qazwini”.  1500s. 

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This volume of the Hebrew Bible … is one of the earliest printed books discovered in the flooded Mukhabarat headquarters in Iraq in 2003.
Printed in the late Renaissance Venice by Giovannidi Gara, the central biblical text is surrounded by rabbinic commentaries. Of the nearly 1,200 religious books recovered, approximately a quarter were printed in Baghdad, but others were imported from Hebrew presses worldwide—from India to Lithuania.

Can’t come to the exhibit in person? You can see it online: http://www.ija.archives.gov/exhibit/discovery-recovery

usnatarchives:

This volume of the Hebrew Bible … is one of the earliest printed books discovered in the flooded Mukhabarat headquarters in Iraq in 2003.

Printed in the late Renaissance Venice by Giovannidi Gara, the central biblical text is surrounded by rabbinic commentaries. Of the nearly 1,200 religious books recovered, approximately a quarter were printed in Baghdad, but others were imported from Hebrew presses worldwide—from India to Lithuania.

Can’t come to the exhibit in person? You can see it online: http://www.ija.archives.gov/exhibit/discovery-recovery

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Woke up on a white concrete roof
behind a billboard—
shadows of a pigeon wing arc in profile, gigantic.

Thinks they are huge envelopes to hold him—
sees red flow through the quills,
blood red heaven arms.

*
God isn’t mysterious,
he is a pissy crank prone to fits of narcissism and vengeance.

Last month, I wrote a poem with the always-new idea that
God is dead, God is missing, God never was—

and I developed a cyst
on my back the size of a football.

Could have made his point with much more subtlety—
someone waving me in on the highway,

or with much more elegance—

the neon lights of Hollywood Boulevard
shutting down to let the aurora borealis

settle along the rooftops,
languid, weaving feathers.

*
It seems the less I believe in God,
the more biblical life around me becomes.

*
His front door is kicked in—
thick rectangle of darkness
swallows the room in shape of noise.

When the shoot him in the back,
the bullet lodges under his right shoulder blade—
he falls—

the floor gives out and the numbness
spread across his back like a birth,
arcing parachute of falling.

Robert Krut, “Blood Feathers”

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medieval:

Guardian of the Kingdoms of God.
This is just spectacular.
From a copy of the Persian version of Qazwini’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, “The marvels of creation and the oddities of existence”, commonly known as “The cosmography of Qazwini”.  1500s. 
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medieval:

Guardian of the Kingdoms of God.

This is just spectacular.

From a copy of the Persian version of Qazwini’s ʻAjāʼib al-makhlūqāt wa-gharāʼib al-mawjūdāt, “The marvels of creation and the oddities of existence”, commonly known as “The cosmography of Qazwini”.  1500s. 

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Realer than Real

Two examples of simulacrum, or saints’ effigies in Rome.

Top: St. Leontia, a bishop’s daughter martyred in Africa by the Vandals in the 5th century. (At San Francisco d’Assisi a Ripa)

Bottom: St. Victoria, martyred for refusing to marry a pagan. Stabbed to death circa 250AD.

These are both made of wax. In both cases there is an urn at their feet containing internal relics. Though in St. Victoria’s case, the relics are also visible in her face (her skull can be seen behind her eyes and her teeth are real) and right hand (where the wax is purposefully cut away).

Sometimes these wax effigies are referred to as simulacrum, a word that originally referred specifically to an image of a god. That’s more or less how the word is used in this context. But what’s interesting is that the meaning of ‘simulacrum’ morphed over time- it later implied that the copy was second-rate and didn’t retain the particularities of the original. More recently, philosophers like Jean Baudrillard and writers like Umberto Eco and Jorge Luis Borges have used the term to discuss the relationship images and copies of images have to reality and truth. 

It’s an interesting word choice- particularly in the case of these early martyrs. The historical truth about their lives can be hopelessly murky. The wax that covers their bones is almost certainly not their true likeness and the bones themselves may have a spurious background. But as we’ve seen before, the spiritual truth of relics is only tangentially related to their historical truth.

(All photos by me.)

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The UCC’s [United Church of Christ’s] decision to file suit represents a bold step forward for the Christian left, which has often been relegated to the sidelines in American politics by the more aggressive Religious Right. The United Church of Christ is now using “Freedom of Religion” to defend the right of gay couples to marry, and aligning marriage equality with religious liberty. This approach flips the traditional argument for “religious liberty” used by conservatives on its head, and places marriage equality as consistent with both the U.S. Constitution and Christianity. Regardless of whether the lawsuit is successful or not, America benefits from a resurgent Christian Left that offers a counterbalance to the toxic ideology of the Christian Right.

Keith Brekhus, "Christian Left Stands Up: Progressive Church Files Suit Vs NC Gay Marriage Ban" (via holygoddamnshitballs)

"  In the lawsuit, the United Church of Christ argues that the North Carolina law violates the principle of “free exercise of religion”. The law conflicts with the church’s freedom to conduct marriage ceremonies for same-sex partners. The United Church of Christ has affirmed the right for gay and lesbian couples to marry since 2005.”

GO UCC!

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The Church is founded on Peter who denied Christ three times and couldn’t walk on the water by himself. You are expecting his successors to walk on the water. All human nature vigorously resists grace because grace changes us and the change is painful.
Flannery O’Connor, letter to Cecil Dawkins, 9 Dec 58 (via habitofbeing)

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When gods die, they die hard. It’s not like they fade away, or grow old, or fall asleep. They die in fire and pain, and when they come out of you, they leave your guts burned. It hurts more than anything you can talk about. And maybe worst of all is, you’re not sure if there will ever be another god to fill their place. Or if you’d ever want another god to fill their place. You don’t want fire to go out inside you twice.
The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt (via nerd-chic)

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