Tuesday, September 05, 2006

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Theological Illustration #5: (leaves and ink)
image copyright: phil nellis, 2006

7 comments:

bryan said...

you've done it again my friend. thanks for saying the unsaid.
love,
b

Aaron said...

yeah, man, we're so often guilty of quickly using words that actually have deep truth embedded within as band aid tossed in the direction of the wounded... i guess it gets us off the hook by making us feel like we've done our duty, and it keeps us from entering into the mess of another person's troubles...

keep these coming... they're powerful.

bryan said...

well said aaron.

erk said...

i find all these drawings highly offensive...but then it makes me wonder if i'm just seeing a monster in the mirror. do you feel that you know this about christianity as the victim or as the perpetrator? while i was at moody i really recognized this, but no longer being in a christian environment i feel like i witness much more sincerity.

elnellis said...

thanks for your comment erika. i think the answer to your question is a resounding "both." it is my hope that these drawings offend, because they are deconstructive in nature- dismanteling cliche christian catchphrases that i have used to harm and been harmed by. it's great that you experience sincerity in your faith community, but i believe a lot of these things are so deeply enmbeded in christian evangelicalism that even in good churches, great communities and postmodern seminaries... this stuff still happens in one way or another. often it is our faith tradition/religion that sheilds us from seeing the face of our neighbor. how can that change?

Charlsie said...

Wow this piece is amazing. It has truly touched me especially in light of certain events that have taken place in my life recently. I don't think I will ever again be able to utter this phrase the way I used to. Thanks for bringing to light the emptyness of this cliche.

elnellis said...

thanks charlsie, i'm glad you connected with it.