Essay on Christ Pantocrator And The Beau Dieu

1727 Words Dec 8th, 2015 7 Pages
Of all the big picture questions we examined throughout this semester, the one that consistently stuck out to me was this: “Who is God in this work?” It is all at once such a vast and and confining question, the answer to which is both revelatory of almost all other aspects of a culture and yet still too intricate to grasp. To understand what a culture worships supremely is to understand its motivations for all other decisions, and sometimes vice versa. Some of the cultures we studied worshipped nature, others fickle pagan gods, and still others power or wealth. But because of its application to LDS culture, I will focus specifically on Christianity by examining how two of the pieces we studied this semester, Christ Pantocrator and the Beau Dieu, define its central figure Jesus Christ. The different roles of Christ highlighted in these pieces capture the persistent question in Christianity about the nature of Christ, and how theology has shifted and expanded across time and various cultures to eventually answer that question with the perfect knowledge of Christ we have been given through modern revelation today that satisfies the query: “Who is God?” As a result of the Great Apostasy, much truth about who Jesus Christ was quickly became lost or confused in the centuries following his death. Early Christian art is known for its repeated depiction of Christ as “the good shepherd,” a kind, merciful portrayal of a mortal man that draws parallels to ancient Greek and Roman deity…

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