I brought this up in another question and I wanted all your thoughts.
Christians are usually very clear in their attitude about pagans and pagan symbolism. Yet, the Church has adapted many of it's traditions from those of the pagans. And given them "Christian Meanings." But does that make them truly Christian?
IF a Christian woman wears a pentagram necklace and claims that it represents the the five wounds of Christ is it still a pagan symbol?
In the middle ages the Catholic Church used the Pentagram for that reason. Prior to that the Ancient Jews used it as a representation of the Pentateuch. Today we all know it as a symbol of Wiccan and Pagan faiths.
What are your feelings? Is the adaptation of another religions symbols and traditions okay, if you give them a new meaning? Or are they still a representation of the other religion? IMO, you can't have it both ways!
Answer by jennijune_21 at 10:17 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
I agree, you can't have it both ways... I don't think a symbol (or anything in general) that has the same meaning for yrs, even centuries should be taken/adapted or used by another and given a new meaning... We all know that historically it has happen, but it's wrong (MO)... Ok here's one, the swastika, we all know that it was a symbol to use for hate, murder and other horrid things and is still used by the Klan, do we take that symbol and turn it into a meaning of good and expect people to accept it? Why not? Bc it represented hate? but it's ok to take or adapt other symbols and change their meanings to benefit the mass. JMO- but I don't think so...
Answer by gmasboy at 10:31 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by SabrinaMBowen at 11:09 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by jennijune_21 at 11:16 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by okmanders at 11:21 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by Koukla12905 at 11:52 AM on Apr. 1, 2009
I agree Sabrina, that it really shouldn't go both ways, for a few reasons IMO: It takes away from others heritage/beliefs to "recycle" symbols with new meanings. It waters down tradition & on the whole I view that as a very bad thing. People often take great pride in thier relgious/cultural history & I think it's important to honor that history for the preservations of those various customs & traditions. But, that's not the case as I see it; I see the original purpose & meanings of symbols & traditions discarded in favor of "new" traditions with no homage or acknowledgment to thier origins. So, no you can't have it both ways but, I don't think Christians are willing to share Pagan symbols with thier original meanings in tact.
Answer by BubbaLuva at 12:09 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by isabellalecour at 12:42 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by momofsaee at 1:17 PM on Apr. 1, 2009
Answer by gmasboy at 1:37 PM on Apr. 1, 2009