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By Beth Williamson

This Very brief creation decodes the most important topics, indicators, and logos present in Christian artwork: the Eucharist, a twin of the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, outdated and New testomony narrative imagery, and iconography. It additionally explores the theological and ancient history of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance sessions, to the twenty-first century.

Williamson makes use of examples from, among others, Cimabue, Michelangelo, and Rosetti. She concludes by way of outlining the co-existence in modern 'post-Christian' tradition of the intentionally arguable works of artists corresponding to Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili, along the consciously devotional works of these corresponding to Eric Gill and Peter Blake.

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Once we realize this, we can recognize that there are depths for us beyond what we can know as God, and if the God whom we actually know is the consequence of repression, this could well be the consequence of the repression of primordial sacrifice. And this could very well be a repression which is released or abated in our deeper moments, moments in which we recall primordial sacrifice, and thereby renew or reenact that sacrifice. “God” is then truly absent for us, but only because primordial Godhead is recalled, but a Godhead which is the absolute act of sacrifice, and an act which we reenact in our deepest moments of recall.

The catharsis that the sacrificial action of the tragedy effects is a catharsis of our deepest negativity, because this action is the repetition and renewal of the primordial sacrifice of God. If the tragic hero or heroine is a face or mask of sacrificial deity, it is our participation in that tragic destiny that effects catharsis, and thereby tragic action as such is eucharistic action, and is so precisely by being an anamnesis of primordial sacrifice. So it is that anamnesis is not simply and only a cultic reenactment, or, if so, it is a cultic reenactment which is a universal reenactment or renewal.

Hegel is the deepest modern disciple of Paul, and Augustine his deepest ancient disciple, for it was Augustine and Hegel who realized revolutionary understandings of self-consciousness, and did so as genuinely Pauline thinkers. Yet it is Hegel who most deeply knows the revolutionary advent of selfconsciousness as the consequence of the full and final enactment of an absolute sacrifice. This absolute sacrifice inaugurates the third and final age of the Spirit, but an age of the Spirit which is the consummation of all previous history, and most clearly so a consummation of the history of religion, which 22 Godhead and the Nothing has always been an anamnesis or renewal of primordial sacrifice.

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