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Symbolism

The Resurrection According to SciFi, Part 3: Harry Potter

Ronda Lee | Posted 03.30.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Harry's death by the dark lord is his salvation. As the devil rejoiced over the crucifixion of Christ, so too Voldemort glories in Harry's demise not realizing it is his own destruction that has been orchestrated.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 2 Star Wars and The Matrix

Ronda Lee | Posted 03.24.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

Instead of Luke's crucifixion, in the end it is Vader that dies. But before his death, like the robber crucified next to Christ, Vader seeks redemption from his son and encourages him to overcome the emperor and the dark side.

The Resurrection According to SciFi: Part 1 Avatar

Ronda Lee | Posted 05.17.2015 | Religion
Ronda Lee

he premise of Avatar sounds so reminiscent of the book of Genesis that it is hardly a stretch of the imagination to see the similarities and symbolism. Although Jake Sully initially starts out as an agent for evil, in the end he finds redemption to save the Na'vi tribe and HomeTree.

Sarah Elise Abramson: The Cosmos in the Chaos

Shana Nys Dambrot | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Shana Nys Dambrot

Photographer Sarah Elise Abramson's aesthetic is at the intersection of the poetic and unsettling, the creepy and beautiful, the subversive and classically Romantic.

Jesse Hazelip's "Mark of Cain" at Known Gallery Highlights Prison Injustice

Lisa Derrick | Posted 01.12.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

Transitioning into galleries, he continues to use wheat paste and paint public space, running his own "ad campaigns" with graffiti and posters to reach as many free minds as possible.

It's Mental Illness Awareness Week And Election Day Is A Month Away

Mary Giliberti | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Mary Giliberti

Help raise concern, Get people thinking and talking. Whether a candidate is running for Congress or a county board, they need to see and hear that people in their communities care about mental health care.

Do Symbols Matter?

Fr. Peter-Michael Preble | Posted 04.15.2014 | Religion
Fr. Peter-Michael Preble

Words only have meaning if they are put into action, and their transforming power is realized. The Bible is truly sacred, but if all we do is carry it around, it becomes just another book.

The Dreamy 19th Century Painter You Never Knew You Needed

Posted 02.08.2014 | Arts

Smiling spiders, seductive cyclops, floating cubes with a piercing gaze -- these hybrid creatures could only come from the vivid imagination of one ma...

Gauguin Lives On!

Posted 02.04.2014 | Arts

Hazy horizons that fade into the fuzzy-edged sea, forests at once electric and melting, leaves as plump and ripe as fruits -- these are the mystical y...

Tradition, Bicultural Identity and Chinese New Year

Emily Chen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Travel
Emily Chen

This time last year I traveled to Taiwan from California to celebrate Chinese New Year with my 90-year-old grandmother. Born and raised in the United States, it was the first time in my 30-plus years that I'd experienced the holiday in Asia.

Carl Jung, John Lennon and Joseph: The Shadow & the Beautiful Boy (Vayigash, Genesis 44:18-47:27)

Stephen Hazan Arnoff | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion
Stephen Hazan Arnoff

It was because of this beauty, along with Joseph's attendant arrogance and Jacob's favoritism, that Joseph's brothers hated him with a hatred like a thick, dark shadow eclipsing the light of this dazzling boy.

Is It a Sin to Get a Tattoo?

Jay Haizlip | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Jay Haizlip

Anyone getting a tattoo really needs to ask themselves, why am I getting this and what is the meaning of this tattoo? Is the tattoo an expression of witchcraft, idolatry or pagan symbolism? If so, as Christians, we need to reconsider...

10 Things You Didn't Know About This Solitary, Symbolic Creature

Posted 08.19.2013 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

Here Come the Water-Works: (Un)professional Tears

Sarah Juliet Lauro | Posted 08.24.2013 | College
Sarah Juliet Lauro

As a physical expansion in which the self overflows its borders; crying is an act of resistance against the boundaries that cannot be crossed. (Language, what a feeble bridge!)

Have A Dreamy Birthday, Odilon Redon!

Posted 04.20.2013 | Arts

In honor of Odilon Redon's birthday, we are revisiting a post originally published last year honoring the late painter's life and work. We want...

Riding the Bus With Socrates

Frank H. Wu | Posted 04.28.2013 | College
Frank H. Wu

As the head of a state-supported institution of higher education, I hold a rather minor office. In that role, I have seen how people are impressed -- positively as much as negatively -- by symbolism that should not be significant at all.

Parthenogenesis: Self-as-Symbol in Lauren Levato's 'Wunderkammer'

Daniel Maidman | Posted 03.09.2013 | Arts
Daniel Maidman

It would be very easy to classify this work with the various other instances of pop surrealism which currently abound. I think this would be a mistake. 2013-01-07-levatopull.jpg

Obama Symbolizes America at Its Best

Earnest Harris | Posted 01.06.2013 | Politics
Earnest Harris

Seeing Obama, and his family, at the White House, allows us to soak in an image that personifies a country that may well live up to its billing as a place for that freedom and equality.

Tatyana Murray's Dystopia: A Powerful Expression of a Child's Nightmare, Lord of the Flies Tribalism, a Fantastical Realm and the Human Condition

Annie Fabricant | Posted 10.24.2012 | Arts
Annie Fabricant

Murray's new body of work, entitled Dystopia, marks the artist's darkest most soul-bearing work to date. It's as though this newfound inner peace and strength enabled a large memory store of emotion to be unleashed.

A Game of Belts

Jeff Klima | Posted 09.12.2012 | Comedy
Jeff Klima

Like most of you who screw around reading stupid articles on the Internet instead of actually blazing a path towards greatness, I too yearn to reshape the world in my own image. So here is my latest idea.

'The Scream' Is Only The Beginning...

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 06.28.2012 | Arts

Most of us know Norwegian painter Edvard Munch by his "Scream," which has continued to echo throughout our collective nightmares since the late 19th c...

Adults-Only Playgrounds

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.30.2012 | Arts

French painter Marlene Mocquet brings the fanciful spirit of the childhood imagination to an adult psychological meltdown. The result is an aesthetica...

Gustav Klimt's Spectacular 150th Anniversary

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 05.24.2012 | Arts

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Gustav Klimt's birthday, and museums around the world are celebrating the Austrian Secessionist's work. You c...

Listening to the Heron

Patricia Crisafulli | Posted 07.16.2012 | Fifty
Patricia Crisafulli

What carries meaning or significance for you? When is an object, event or occurrence more than what it appears on the surface?

A New Symbol for New Times

John Jackson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John Jackson

The aim of a symbol is to communicate as immediately and directly as possible the core of what you represent. Which brings us to an important question: Is it time to consider a new symbol for a new era?