Aneu-s'en a les llibreries, compreu vostres llibres preferits i no descuideu les roses.
Head over to the bookstores, buy your preferred books and don't forget the roses.
Visitez les libraries, achétez vos livres préféres et n'oubliez pas les roses
Vayanse a las librerias, compréis vuestros libros preferidos y no descuidéis las rosas
Quan descobrí el blog de Nefeerti (que també escriu sota el pseudnim de Bent al Neel- filla del Nil) la pregunté si el copts resen el rosari.
Suspitava que no per ho volia confirmar-lo. Ella em respongué que no per resen algú semblant que es diu ageya. Segons el aquesta pàgina es tracta d'uns pregriaments que es fan a diferents hores del dia.
En fet, llegint-lo em fa pensar que es molt semblant al Llibre d'hores catlic. En tot cas, em penso que si el cristians occidentals i orientals volen respirar amb els dos pulmons, resar a través de pregries comunes.
Western Christians celebrated the Resurrection; next week our Eastern brother will celebrate it again due to calendrical differences. The Resurrection is a good time to defend images in both 2 and 3 dimensions.
Al jack has posted a preliminary article that'll defend Islamic iconoclasm. Fair enough but I was bemused when he complained of photographs placed higher than the Koran looking down. As if that book's inerrancy is somehow compromised by photos, paintings and sculptures.
What a religion that unnecessarily limits creativity! The position is actually quite reasonable when one rejects the Incarnation as Moslems do. Indeed, they're so adamant on God's incorporeality that they regard Jewish theology as defective because it wasn't strict enough to absolutely prohibit images and allowed Christianity to develop.
Moslem point to Numbers 23 as evidence of corrupted biblical texts: God commanded that the Israelites forge 2 angels and place them on the Ark. So the Holy of holies had images. Furthermore, many people are surprised to find images of serpents and other animals in synagogues.
Yet, the Moslem for all their genuine worship towards God are like the Gnostics of old, the former are deeply scandalized that God loves material and even authorizes graven images. They simply disbelieve that when we create, we participate in creation and the materials we use from stone to plastics, paper to pixels is part of that wonderous creation [cf. Koran 51:56: I have created jinn [demons] and men only to worship Me. I do not want anything from them.]
Whether it's a kid's first playdo sculpture or a beautiful photograph, Moslems fear that we diminish God. We don't.
Our creations are a snapshot of reality and a celebration of the beautiful and the real.
So when Christians pray at the statue of a saint or before the cross we're not worshipping that object but they help us to transcend our corporal anchor and overcome our materialistic senses.
When non-Moslems build airplanes or carve wood, they're not overthrowing God but honouring Him. Al jack's advice to sell one's camera equipment to buy parents some sweets is erroneous.
Buying candies temporarily satisfies an appetite but it can't compare to taking a beautiful, photo, chiselling a sculpture, drawing an image or painting a canvas and then admiring such works.