Our #4 Saint is Saint Sebastian, a harrowing image of martyrdom when done right and an absolute beast of a man immune to pain in the depictions I prefer because they’re hilarious.
Saint #5 is the most important woman in the Christian tradition – Mary, the mother of Christ. Why is she so important?
A quick look at All Saints’ Day and the phenomenon of Sainthood.
A brief introduction to the bible, the history of its different versions, the composition of the testaments and why I think studying religious texts, particularly ones as important in human culture as the Christian Bible is an important exercise, even for atheists like me!
CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussion on sexual violence, sexual assault, infant mortality and cruelty to animals. When we left our Tess she had returned home from the serpentine clutches of Alec ‘the twat’ Stoke-d’Urberville, basically had her rape dismissed by everybody as her own fault, had a baby, had it die, undergone a process approaching deification,Continue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 2 – The Wessex Artemis”
CONTENT WARNING: Contains discussions of sexualisation of children, rape, sexual assualt and infant mortality. The first theme presented to us is one of the most important to the whole novel. A simple, humble, some could argue lazy, countryside peddler, John Durbeyfield, is lounging about minding his own when the local Parson informs him he actuallyContinue reading “Tess of the d’Urbervilles: Part 1 – The Virgin Eve”