Lutheran Witness: March 2023
The March issue of The Lutheran Witness seeks to understand the religiously unaffiliated (the “Nones”) and how they think.
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Monograms, Christograms and Initialisms
Christian symbols have been around for hundreds, if not thousands, of years. Most are pictures condensed into a simplified form.
The Cross, the Crucifix and Other Crosses
Ask a believer what the first Christian symbol was, and most likely they would respond: “The cross.” They would, however, be dead wrong.
The Face of God
Artwork and visual symbolism seen in a church building often make a confession long before parishioners hear what is confessed in the liturgy. Some of …
Birds That Flock the Sanctuary
Images of birds, for example, often appear in Christian art, but a few of these symbols need some explaining.
Under the Stars
Stars have a long and distinguished history in church art, and this didn’t start with the old “stars and stripes.”
Mary and the Crowned Woman
Representations of Mary, the mother of our Lord, often evoke a great deal of consternation among Lutherans.
For the most part, early Christians placed halos on images of “sainted” Christians, that is, Christians already in heaven …