VISUAL THEOLOGY


Christianity has a long and venerable history in Ethiopia. The first community of Christians had just been established in Jerusalem, when, according to Acts 8:26-40, the Apostle Philip was sent to witness to “a eunuch of Great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians.” In the 4th Century, Christianity was proclaimed the official faith of the Ethiopian Aksumite Kingdom. It became the first nation in the world to use the image of the cross on its coinage. Elements from Judaism were incorporated into Ethiopian religion in the 13th century, when a new dynasty sought to legitimize its hold on power by claiming lineage from the Hebrew King David through a son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, named Menelik, who was said to have brought the Ark of the Covenant to Ethiopia. This fusion of Old and New Testament traditions, mixed with elements of Egyptian Coptic, Byzantine, Armenian, Nubian, and European sacred art, has produced a style of iconography unique in Christendom ■

Y entonces uno se queda con la Iglesia, que me ofrece lo único que debe ofrecerme la Iglesia: el conocimiento de que ya estamos salvados –porque esa es la primera misión de la Iglesia, el anunciar la salvación gracias a Jesucristo- y el camino para alcanzar la alegría, pero sin exclusividades de buen pastor, a través de esa maravilla que es la confesión y los sacramentos. La Iglesia, sin partecitas.

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