. The myth Of the secular caveman . So pervasive So speculative . Adam smiles Secure in possibility. .
We seem to be quite unsure about what it means to be human in the 21st century. One of the themes I return to every month is the figure of Adam, including how he has been portrayed in art - every month it seems to throw helpful light on the question of what it means … Continue reading A month of inspirers (4) – Adam
Like Adam I felt . First born Of all creation . What is This beauty? . These new Temptations? . And how could I lose My immortality? . Adam, by Van Eyck, from The Ghent Altarpiece
A man Naked . Of all But soul . And image Of God . Which was enough To be . For that father All. . from The Ghent Altarpiece
In the beginning The creation of life . But where Would the word be found? . Here In this mind of man . Now rising From the ground. .
What is man that you are mindful of him?The son of man, that you care for him?Psalm 8 At the start of each month, I come to reflect on fundamentals: what does it mean to be human? Three aspects emerged at the start of this October, in 2019: To be human is to be createdTo … Continue reading Spiritual Reflection: What does it mean to be human?
Michaelangelo’s Adam is one of the best-known image of humanity’s divine aspect. We see God bringing man to life, with a heavenly touch, departing from the Biblical description in a flash of artistic inspiration. This is man in all his divine potential: potentially strong, potentially beautiful, potentially immortal... Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Vitruvian Man” explores another … Continue reading Inspiring Art: “Adam”
Chapters 1-3 of Genesis describe the totally captivating stories of the creation of the universe, the earth, all of life, and human life in particular. “Adam”, for me, represents all of humanity: we are created, related, spiritual, embodied, sexual, articulate, inquisitive, logical, mortal, fallible... "Vitruvian Man", Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo Da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man" (above) … Continue reading Inspirers: The Inspiration of Adam