Respectful Insolence

While I’m on the topic of tacky design in a Christian website, what about tacky religious art? Everyone knows that He comes in many guises. One in particular that interests me as a surgeon is this one:

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As a surgeon, I’d have to hope that Jesus is somehow completely sterile, because he’s contaminating the surgical field in the photo above.

But the following is one of my all-time favorites:

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I didn’t realize that Jesus was such a bad-ass.

(Via Hokum-Balderdash Assay.)

Comments

  1. #1 Bronze Dog
    October 15, 2006

    Pfah! Jesus wasn’t a boxer. Via Kilik, we know he was an Eastern-type martial artist. That’s how he fought off a bunch of Roman guards in some unspecified chapter of the Bible.

    (Yeah. Kilik apparently actually said that a long while back.)

  2. #2 Aerik
    October 15, 2006

    As always, people’s god(s) reflect only themselves.

  3. #3 Sid Schwab
    October 15, 2006

    It always made me uncomfortable when my patients asked me, just before going into the operating room, whether I was a Christian. After all, I want them to feel as ok as possible. But now, I can thank Orac for this: I could hold up this picture and tell them “you better hope not. I don’t think he’s scrubbed up.”

  4. #4 Man Called True
    October 15, 2006

    Anyone else remember those “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper stickers? I suppose if he can drive, he can assist in surgery and box as well.

    …why does he look so much like Viggo Morgenstern in that picture?

  5. #5 Stogoe
    October 15, 2006

    Viggo isn’t just the King of Middle Earth, he’s also the King of the Jews, apparently.

  6. #6 Ren
    October 15, 2006

    The title of the first fine piece of artwork above is Chief of the Medical Staff. Even Jesus thinks surgeons outrank other doctors.

    If the above isn’t enough to sate your medical religiosity, then check out the Medical Collection at: http://www.hartclassics.com/sets.php?id=2&show=prints . There’s The Difficult Case and Be Thou my Vision, amongst others.

    For those who need to know, nearly all are available as standard posters, greeting cards, and some even as limited editions for $1400!

  7. #7 Sastra
    October 15, 2006

    Ha ha, I knew it! Sometimes God likes to think he’s a doctor or something.

  8. #8 Narc
    October 15, 2006

    Wow, I never knew Jesus was so buff! He’s clearly been working out.

  9. #10 Tinker
    October 15, 2006

    Cluthulu is MY copilot.

  10. #11 epador
    October 15, 2006

    At least it isn’t in felt and dayglow.

    Lighten up Orac, its supposed to be metaphorical. Jesus will lay on hands (the same ones that just washed the surgeon’s feet) and cure the post op infection. So no worries.

    And if that doesn’t work, there’s always the Lazarus thing…

  11. #12 epador
    October 15, 2006

    Also note its the surgeon who needs His help, not the scrub nurse [presumably the other right hand of God].

  12. #13 Tracy W
    October 16, 2006

    I like seeing modern situations displayed in metaphorical art. I loved the artworks in the British National Gallery or the Louvre that had layers of meaning to them (not just Christian ones, but ones involving Greek deities as well), and I’m a bit disappointed modern art museums very seldom have an equivalent.

    I’m an atheist, but I like the continuity in seeing these religious pictures using the modern world.

  13. #14 John Wilkins
    October 16, 2006

    Also note its the surgeon who needs His help, not the scrub nurse

    This is because scrub and theatre nurses don’t think they are God, just surgeons. It’s hard to be God, so you need a bit of assistance from time to time.

  14. #15 Porlock Junior
    October 16, 2006

    Sastra had a fine bit of snark that I think got tripped up by a linguistic oddity. The picture calls for a remark that reverses the old bit about “doctors playing God”. But if you simply turn the phrase backwards, you get an entirely different meaning; funny enough, but not relevant. Pity.

    BTW I liked the “Divine Counseler” one till I looked at the larger version and saw that the other guy in the picture was not C. S. Lewis. That would have been classy.

  15. #16 Alex
    October 16, 2006

    “I envy the man who said God is my Co/Oh, what I’d give to swap him for Joe!”

  16. #17 Peter Barber
    October 16, 2006

    Never mind those naughty Danish cartoonists – I think I understand now why Islam really forbids depictions of Mohammed!

  17. #18 clone3g
    October 16, 2006

    Jesus H. Christ! Who let that guy in there? I’m pretty sure Omniscience is considered a HIPAA violation.

    Why would pugilist Jesus need tape on his hands? To keep him from biting his nails? He does look a bit cross in that picture.

  18. #19 Steve Watson
    October 16, 2006

    Check the blurb on the homepage at hartclasscs.com: this is “subtle nuance”?!? That’s “subtle nuance” like a 10-pound sledgehammer is a “gentle persuader”.

  19. #20 Mustafa Mond, FCD
    October 16, 2006

    If Jesus bumps the surgeon’s elbow, there goes the aorta. I suppose he could always miraculously healt it though…

  20. #21 Robster
    October 16, 2006

    Big old WTF? Maybe we could get one with Jesus smacking his forehead as some goof televagelist preaches at the masses. Perhaps one of Jesus knocking over a table covered with WWJD bracelets.

  21. #22 gravitybear
    October 16, 2006

    Maybe it’s just me, but what the heck is up with boxer Jesus’s neck?

  22. #23 Deacon Barry
    October 16, 2006

    A nurse is at the pearly gates, being checked in by St Peter, when a guy in a long white beard and scrubs barges past a group of angels without so much as an ‘excuse me’.
    “How rude!” says the nurse, “Who was that?”
    “Oh that’s God,” replies St Peter, “He thinks he’s a surgeon!”

  23. #24 IAMB
    October 16, 2006

    Anyone else remember those “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper stickers?

    Or there’s my personal favorite:

    “Jesus was my copilot, but we crashed in the Andes and I was forced to eat him in order to survive.”

  24. #25 IAMB
    October 16, 2006

    Anyone else remember those “Jesus is my co-pilot” bumper stickers?

    Or there’s my personal favorite:

    “Jesus was my copilot, but we crashed in the Andes and I was forced to eat him in order to survive.”

  25. #26 IAMB
    October 16, 2006

    Sorry about the double… damn flinch. I wonder if anyone builds a “release mouse”? (trapshooting joke… don’t worry if it doesn’t make sense)

  26. #27 Lynn Fancher
    October 16, 2006

    Robster said: “Big old WTF? Maybe we could get one with Jesus smacking his forehead as some goof televagelist preaches at the masses. Perhaps one of Jesus knocking over a table covered with WWJD bracelets.”

    LOL! Made me recall one of my favorite moments in the movies–John Denver informing one of those goof televangelists that God wanted him to Shut Up!

    Oh, if they’d only get *that* message ;^)

    Lynn

  27. #28 Dr. Steve
    October 16, 2006

    I like how J is in the “medical student’s postion” ready to hold a retractor and get pimped until his arm and brain are numb.

  28. #29 Zuska
    October 17, 2006

    The pugilist Jesus is very homoerotic which is a nice piece of irony for the Christians. There is a resurgence in the Christian community of beefy, muscled, Jesus art. Has to do with fear and terror. Need a beefy Jesus to protect you from those Muslims and Mexican immigrants overrunning Kansas and the general evil secular society that is threatening to force your children to learn evolution. Watch for a forthcoming book by Cynthia Burack that will deal with a lot of these themes.

  29. #30 Tom Foss
    October 17, 2006

    This is easily my favorite depiction of Jesus:
    He-Sus!

    Incidentally, you want to read something fun about kickass Christ, take a look at The Dream of the Rood, an Old English story where Jesus leaps up onto the cross and taunts the Roman soldiers, among other things.

  30. #31 Frumious B
    October 17, 2006

    My fav portrayl of Jesus is in the musical remake of “Refeer Madness.” You ain’t seen nothin’ til you’ve seen Jesus doing a Vegas-style act in a sequined loin-cloth.

  31. #32 clone3g
    October 17, 2006

    Yeah, how about some surgical gloves. Cleanliness is next to….what is it again? He’s had his hands on fish and Lepers all day for Christ’s sake.

  32. #33 Kent
    October 20, 2006

    “I’d have to hope that Jesus is somehow completely sterile,”

    Seems to me that there was a lot of recent controversy over whether Jesus might have had children. Are you weighing in here?

  33. #34 Deech56
    October 20, 2006

    Somehow a non-tacky Caravaggio picture snuck in there. What gives?

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