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relishing relics

January 22, 2010

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[Guardian] Today the beauty of holiness has been replaced by the holiness of beauty. The failure of modern aesthetics to supply accessible appeal in the visual or musical arts has led a stampede into the past. We once derived mental comfort, uplift and local pride from worshipping saintly relics in church. Now we are supposed to find them in a museum.

Like churches, museums have pulled off a professional masterstroke. They have made the relic more important than themselves, yet requiring their priestly interpretation. Only thus can humans find intercession with the spirits of the past. As religion must not be tainted by money, museums too must be unsullied – and tithed by the state. The manoeuvre is brilliant. God is dead, long live God. (read)

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 23, 2010 7:06 pm

    Thanks for the info.
    I will keep coming back for more.
    I hope you update often.



  2. January 23, 2010 7:11 pm

    thanks Mozak. glad you find our posts of interest.

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