Posts tagged "relics"

Celebrity Relics

From "On the Religious Roots of Celebrity Worship" at (Philadephia Inquirer/Daily News):
"There's a kind of cultural fascination with special people who are marked out for greatness but who die young and often in tragic or violent circumstances," says Geary, author of Furta Sacra: Thefts of Relics in the Central Middle Ages (Princeton University Press, 2008). Just...

The Meaning of Relics

If the Pope says it's real... Pope Benedict XVI has declared the Shroud of Turin authentic. Writes Chris Armstrong at Grateful to the Dead:
This also seems a bold move by a pope–to declare something authentic that it is well within the realm of science to later declare a fraud (though so far no...