The Cross as explosive historical event
An art critic writing in The New Yorker, of all places, hints at the difference between the Christian story and religion in general. This was an article about an exhibition of Rembrandt drawings in Boston. Most New Yorker writers would not be caught dead near Christian belief, but this particular writer understood something. He wrote about “Rembrandt’s wonderful sense of Christianity: the sacrifice of Jesus dropped like a bomb into history, blowing everything askew.”
(Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, 11/10/03).
More sins of omission this Holy Week
Eastern Congo is now suffering the world’s worst current human rights crises, with a death toll outstripping that in the Darfur region of Sudan, the top relief official of the UN, Jan Egeland, said in Geneva. “It is beyond belief that the world is not paying more attention.”…He said the toll amounted to “one tsunami every six months, year in and year out, for the last six years.”
The New York Times “World Briefing,” 3/17/05.