Arguably the most recognisable symbol of our civilization is the Christian cross. When it has an image of Jesus on it, it is called a crucifix.
The crucifix emphasises Jesus’s sacrifice which Christians believe brought about the redemption of humankind.
Redemption is generally defined as the action of being saved from sin, error or evil.
While modern progressives generally reject the concept of Jesus rising from the dead, and the idea of original sin, they obsess with the idea of being more virtuous.
But being more virtuous than what, and how?
Without a theory of consciousness, and without a concept of the very limited nature of what it is to be human and therefore necessarily imperfect there can be no redemption through virtue.
Rather it necessarily becomes the endless torture of hole digging and infilling, deeper and deeper.
A possible solution for the faux virtuous, who want to be special, is to get out into nature.
Nature can show us both how ordinary we are, and how special everything is.
For centuries red corals along the Italian coast have been harvested including to make rosary beads, and to carve ornaments including crucifixes. Coral carvings by local Trapani sculptors were especially fashionable in Europe during the 17th and 18th-centuries.
It is now fashionable to attribute the demise of this artisan industry to the unsustainable harvest of the corals. But this is arguable untrue.
A journal article entitled ‘An overexploited Italian treasure: past and present distribution and exploitation of the precious red coral Corallium rubrum …’ suggests that despite the harvesting of thousands of tonnes each year, this ‘coral fishery’ persisted for thousands of years. It was made illegal in 1994.
The red coral has a calcium carbonate skeleton coloured by a carotenoid pigment.
I’ve seen similar corals at the Ribbon reefs, and Stuart Ireland photographed me underwater with a large red coral at Pixie Reef back in November 2020.
Stuart was back photographing Pixie Reef just two weekends ago, and it is truly magnificent. As unbelievably so … as the resurrection. He made a video of this same reef last October.
This is a coral reef that the scientists will have you believe was destroyed back in 2016, that is according to the peer-reviewed publications and media headlines … the science.
Don Gaddes says
The only ‘religion’ Humankind should indulge in is Preservation of the Planet’s resources.
Worship of religious fabrication offered by the churches, just enables justification for exploitation – no-one has God on their side.
I point to the Earth/Solar Orbital Calendar;
A Year is the time taken for One 360 degree Earth Solar Orbit.
There are always 360 Day/Night Intervals per Earth Year.
A Day/Night Interval is the time taken for One 360 degree Rotation of the Earth about its Axis.
There are 30 Day/Night Intervals for each Earth Month.
There are 12 Earth Months per One Earth Year.
There are no weeks.
There are no ‘leap Years’.
The Catholic Fabrication that is the Gregorian Calendar, should have been called out by Science and Scientists, since its inception over 400 years ago.
Why has this still not been done?
All religious dogma should be removed from the education system.
No church-based religious dogma of any denomination is valid.
It doesn’t matter what the crucifixes are made of, or how many there are – they are not mandated by God – and have nothing to do with the preservation of the planet’s resources.
spangled drongo says
Don Gaddes, the trouble is that today, science is the main believer in religion.
When they can claim by consensus that our 1c warming over the last century is unequivocally the fault of humans and nothing to do with natural climate variability, with no measurable evidence to support that claim, their consensus is pure religion.
Brian Combley says
Fortunately we have a freedom of speech and you are entitled to your opinion or belief as are Jews Christians and Muslim. Government run schools have long since ceased teaching religion, but as silly as it is Christians have an equal right to their beliefs and the right to teach them in their schools. One of the real problems the world faces at the moment is the departure from the Judeao Christian belief system of One Man One Woman and a family to bring up the children. I am not a Christian but the failure of the system will destroy Australia if we are not very careful.
I suggest your time would be better spent trying to stop the Woke Religion that pervades our Government funded schools and universities at present and cannot even tell the difference between a man and a woman and this Woke Ideology is being taught in government funded schools and universities to our kids worse still to my grandchildren. When men can compete in women’s sports and enter their showers and toilets we have a real problem.
Don Gaddes says
The ‘Born to Rule Religious Right’ is finished.
The Church appointed (by Marriage or Conquest,)Monarchies of Europe, are finished.
The resulting ‘God-backed’ Constitutions, are finished.
Time to reject Fantasy and wake up to Reality.
The Planet is cooling – and will continue to do so.
The resulting shortened growing seasons in the food baskets of the Northern Hemisphere, will force a migration of humanity to the Southern Hemisphere, on an unprecedented scale.
Mike Thurn says
That was sensational … and very much looking forward to visiting various parts of the reef whilst road tripping from Sydney to Cape Tribulation during June/July. How lucky are we to have such beautiful and healthy underwater ecosystems!
Ian Thomson says
Fairly off topic this, but applies to Peter Ridd’s fun and games with JCU. A very good summation of where we’re going, in more ways than one.