The depiction of Prophet Muhammad at Hamline University has opened up a debate about what sacred images can or cannot be shown in a classroom.
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Fierce debates about visual depictions of the sacred have existed for centuries. An art historian explains the controversies in the Byzantine Empire over images of Christ.
Christian clergymen carry a wooden relic believed to be from Jesus’ manger at the Notre Dame church in Jerusalem in 2019.
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Relics often provided a way to bring more pilgrims into a church – and therefore, more offerings.
The musical ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ has always had ardent fans and fierce critics.
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Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s famous musical has long inspired controversy for how it depicts the story of Jesus of Nazareth.
Physical touch at the end of life has a special significance in many cultures and offers solace.
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When death is looming, the warmth of a held hand can communicate deeply where words fail.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing coats designed by Brenda Equihua, with an image of Mary displayed at the back.
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Mary has acquired popularity among celebrities of late. A religion scholar writes about how for nearly 2,000 years, the mother of Jesus has been viewed as an exemplar by different Christian groups.
Residents and church members gather at the main gate of the Synagogue Church of All Nations headquarters in Lagos to mourn the death of pastor TB Joshua.
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Nigeria’s TB Joshua wasn’t just known for his evangelism and controversies. He was also a beloved philanthropist.
Sixth-century mosaic depicting Jesus before Roman governor Pontius Pilate washing his hands, at Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy.
The expression to “wash one’s hands of responsibility” comes from Christian scripture and has been part of a toxic legacy of blaming Jews for Jesus’s death.
A mural depicting Pope Francis on a concrete wall around the Our Lady of Salvation Church in Baghdad, in preparation for the pontiff’s visit,
The events that followed the 2003 US invasion of Iraq started a cycle of violence against the country’s minority Christian population. The pope’s visit is meant to bring some ‘healing and comfort.’
Supporters of President Trump put up a Cross outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6,
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A scholar of religion explains a growing Christian movement that believes Trump was part of God’s plan to bring heaven to Earth.
People pray inside the Byzantine-era Hagia Sophia, with sail-like drapes covering mosaic figures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.
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In reconverting Hagia Sophia to a mosque, Turkish officials have emphasized veiling of Christian icons to create a Muslim prayer space. Experts explain why the veiling is in fact a Byzantine practice.
Mosaic in San Vitale Basilica, Ravenna, Italy.
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Millions step into cathedrals and chapels on a regular basis. The history of these places of worship offers important insights into Christianity.
People wearing masks and social distancing at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes on May 30, 2020.
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Coronavirus is causing religious communities to rethink ways of expressing their faith. In the spirit of finding innovative ways to continue rituals, the pilgrimage to Lourdes was conducted online.
Painting depicting transfiguration of Jesus, a story in the New Testament when Jesus becomes radiant upon a mountain.
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Recent protests on racial justice have also questioned the portrayal of Jesus as a white man. An art historian explains how this image appeared and came to be marketed worldwide.
Protesters smash the window of a Chase bank during protests in Oakland.
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Understanding how unrest informed both early Christianity and the foundational stories of the United States can serve as a guide in this current period of turmoil.
A 14th-century Last Judgment relief from a facade of Orvieto cathedral in Umbria. Italy.
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Some people are comparing current times with the apocalypse. In ancient texts, apocalyptic messages cultivated endurance and encouragement through dire circumstances.
Manger Square with Bethlehem Peace Centre and Christmas tree, December 2019.
‘Solidarity tourism’ has made Christmas a very busy time of year in Palestine.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks at a town hall in Florence, South Carolina. He was denied communion by a priest in South Carolina.
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Joe Biden was denied communion for pro-choice views. Catholics with ‘unforgiven’ sins can’t receive communion. A theologian says many Catholics would question if Biden was indeed in a ‘sinful’ state.
The life-sized wooden statue of the Black Christ in St. Philip Church in Panama.
The statue of black Christ has a deep significance for the people of Panama. An object of deep devotion, it also serves as a reminder of colonialism.
A procession of Christian girls, venerating the Cross, in the village of Qanat Bekish, Lebanon.
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Sept. 14 is the the Feast of the Holy Cross celebrated by many Catholics and some other Christians. A religion scholar revisits the history of the cross, how it became a symbol of divine love, but also of violence.
Warner Sallman painted Jesus in oil after people raved about his black and white sketch. It has been reproduced millions of times.
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April 30 is the birthday of one of the most famous artists you never heard of: Warner Sallman painted the famous “Head of Christ,” circulated in the millions on postcards, portraits and nightlights.