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  •  Crosses, not Crucifixes (1+ / 0-)
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    Sorry, but I've got to correct this, and the misperception behind it. Some Catholics (and few other Christians) wear crucifixes; many Catholics and almost any other Christian who wears a cross wears an open cross.

    A crucifix is a depiction of the crucifixion, showing Jesus hanging on the cross. The crucifix is NOT a symbol of torture to a Christian. It's a symbol of willing self-sacrifice, the ultimate act of altruism. It is a reminder that Jesus chose to offer his death as atonement for everyone's sin, everywhere, throughout time. Yes, the image can be gruesome, but it is intended as a reminder not of torment but of grace.

    The open cross shows only the cross, with no body hanging on it. This is a symbol of life, a reminder that even death cannot destroy what God protects. It is also a challenge, a reminder that evil is transitory and that people of faith and courage can overcome it.

    There are myriad abuses of Christianity (or any religion, for that matter). But don't denigrate sacred symbols because they're employed by people of ill will. That's how we lost the American flag to Republicans for most of two generations. Symbols are powerful, and we shouldn't surrender them to the opposition.

    "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

    by pragmaticidealist on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 10:44:01 PM PST

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