Author: Arthur Aghajanian

Hovering Over the Waters

In this essay on the theme of grace, Arthur Aghajanian examines the drawings of contemporary artist Vija Celmins. He does so by framing Celmins’s “Ocean” drawings as representations of the idea of grace as the flow of God’s love. In addition, Arthur places these images in the context of the Classical tradition in art.

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Birth Through the Virgin and Child

Continuing our holiday series, Arthur Aghajanian considers how most people see Christmas as the celebration of an individual birth at a certain moment in history, accompanied by portrayals of the Holy Child in churches and on Christmas cards. These images have their place in the religious education of children, he writes. Yet for adults, visualizing the meaning of Christmas in this way often only helps reinforce a limited understanding of what the occasion can mean for us. How does mature Christianity recognize Jesus’s birth?

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