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Does the Presbyterian church symbol mean anything specific?

I mean, obviously there's a cross there. But what does it all mean together? I don't know anything about Presby doctrine.

(Disclaimer: This is a real, legit, serious question. Thank you.)

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Asked by caitxrawks at 1:00 AM on Oct. 21, 2009 in Religion & Beliefs

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  • I know it is legit question. But could I ask you for the code to post or include a picture in your question. I've tried before but nothing. Thanks!

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    The cross represents the incarnate love of God in Jesus Christ and his passion and resurrection. Because of its association with Presbyterian history, the Celtic cross was chosen as a model for this contemporary rendering of the ancient symbol.


    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • In experimenting with the basic lines and shapes of the cross, the contour of a book began to emerge in the horizontal section, and the two center lines of the cross became the representation of an open book. This integration of the horizontal dimensions of the cross with the book motif highlights the emphasis which the Reformed tradition has placed on the role of Scripture as a means of knowing God's word.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:10 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • The slightly-flared shape of the Celtic cross also makes possible the transforming of the uppermost section into the shape of a descending dove. As a symbol of the Holy Spirit, the dove is intimately tied to the representation of the Bible, affirming the role of the Spirit in both inspiring and interpreting Scripture in the life of the church. The dove also symbolizes Christ's baptism by John and the peace and wholeness which his death and resurrection bring to a broken world.

    The Seal of the PC(USA) with the pulpit highlighted. Beneath the image of the book is the suggestion of a lectern or pulpit, which captures the important role of preaching in the history of Presbyterian worship.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:11 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

  • Thank ya much =)

    When you want to post a picture, in here, you type < i m g s r c = "" >
    Without the spaces, of course. There is a space in between img and src though. You paste the URL of the picture into where it says, take out the spaces except the one in between img and src, and then when you post it it should show up =)

    Answer by caitxrawks at 1:14 AM on Oct. 21, 2009

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