There are a lot of images of Jesus. In this week's poll, we've selected a few of them and ask which one you like the best.
Our poll will remain open until the morning of Sunday, August 23, 2012. Although our polling software records IPs to void double voting, your vote is totally anonymous. This is obviously not a scientific poll.
If you know who the artists are for these images, please let us know in the comments and we'll update the descriptions.
Image No. 1 – The Sacred Heart Jesus. Today's Catholic News writes, "In Catholic churches and homes, one of the most popular images of Jesus is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is the image of God’s love revealed in the pierced heart of His Son. It is the symbol of a love that conquers sin and transcends death, the symbol of the One who loved us to the end."
Image No. 2 – Jesus and The Crown of Thorns. Another popular Catholic image is a suffering Jesus wearing a crown of thorns. According to The Catholic Tradition, the thorns represent sin. "Jesus could assume and wear for our sake the infamous badge of sin. He could in mercy for us taste and drink the loathsome bitterness of the cup filled up to the brim with the gall and vinegar of God's malediction."
Image No. 3 – The Mormon Jesus. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints does not use a lot of crucifixion and suffering symbolism like the Catholics. This red-robed, healthy looking figure is a popular depiction of Jesus with the LDS Church.
Image No. 4 – The Second Coming of Jesus. This is also a Mormon depiction of Jesus, showing the savior emerging from the clouds as angels blow their trumpets.
Image No. 5 – Jesus, as writer of the U.S. Constitution. Christian nationalists loved Utah artist Jon McNaughton's "One Nation Under God" depiction of Jesus, showing the Messiah holding the U.S. Constitution and surrounded by the Founding Fathers, weeping court judges, soldiers and other Americans. Naughton's studio website notes that this painting is his best seller.
Image No. 6 – The Creationist Jesus. "Newly Discovered Portrait of Jesus Bolsters Creationist Science" announced Nashville 24/7 TV in its odds and ends section, adding, "Those who believe in evolution theory say, 'It's just a guy who looks like Jesus.'" Biblical creationists think that humans and dinosaurs co-existed around 6,000 – 10,000 years ago. This image is a parody of the Jesus holding a lamb image.
Image No. 7 – The Jewish Jesus. In 2004, the BBC created an image of what Jesus really would have looked like, based on his Jewish ancestry and the culture of the time. "It can almost certainly be said that Jesus would not have been white. His hair was also probably cut short," BBC writes when examining the arguments for and against a white, European style Jesus.
Image No. 8 – The Ethiopian (Black) Jesus. This montage of images depicting the life of Jesus is quite popular on websites that argue that Jesus was definitely a black man. Some of the comments left on Sodahead where this image appeared in the context of a debate on the subject of Jesus' skin color were nasty, at best. In the catacombs of Rome, Jesus and the disciples were shown as black men having short hair.
Image No. 9 – Right Wing Jesus. A popular icon used to describe America's religious right portrays Jesus holding a rifle and sporting an anti-gay symbol. He's wrapped in an American flag as he looks upon the Christian nation.
Image No. 10 – Shroud of Turin Jesus. Using computer rendering and artistic enhancements, this is a digitally extracted image of the face in the Shroud of Turin which many believe was the shroud that covered Jesus' entombed body.
Of the Jesus images shown, which one do you like the best?
- Image No. 7 - The Jewish Jesus (36%, 17 Votes)
- Image No. 6 - The Creationist Jesus (17%, 8 Votes)
- Image No. 10 - Shroud of Turin Jesus (13%, 6 Votes)
- Image No. 1 - Sacred Heart Jesus (11%, 5 Votes)
- Image No. 4 - The Second Coming Jesus (6%, 3 Votes)
- Image No. 3 - The Mormon Jesus (6%, 3 Votes)
- Image No. 8 - The Ethiopian (Black) Jesus (4%, 2 Votes)
- Image No. 5 - Jesus as writer of the US Constitution (2%, 1 Votes)
- Image No. 2 - Crown of Thorns Jesus (2%, 1 Votes)
- Image No. 9 - (American) Right Wing Jesus (2%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 47