One more question LOL

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One more question LOL
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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 1:18pm
The other weekend, I was at a bazaar/flea market with my neighbor and in one of the booths were "stations". They were the 3D plaster pieces (and rather elaborate) that would be hung on the walls of a church. They weren't in the greatest of conditions and I didn't stop to count if they were all there, but I did take notice of them. Then I wondered, who would buy them? Would you decorate your basement with them?

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 10:09am
That's exactly it -- what's the attraction if you don't believe? You know,it seems the Church has always understood the strength of art in inspiring faith. When I was in Prague, I found it very interesting that two of the ways they tried to stop the Protestant movement there was by increasing the number of saint statues in the city (hence the Charles Bridge) and building a new church that had more feminine lines. That seemed very Czech to me; I'm not certain Americans would have the same appreciation of architecture for it to make a difference.

Somewhat related -- when I met my husband, he was a non-practicing Congregationalist -- yet he had a crucifix in his house! When I asked him about it, he said he found it at an antique store and just liked it. But I took it as a good sign. ;-)

Polly

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Thu, 04-17-2003 - 9:58am
Slightly OT, there is one way, way confirmed atheist on another board I frequent who is a rabid collector of religious art, particularly creches, which causes something of a brouhaha everytime she brings it up about how they're just "things", etc. I do think it is interesting when atheists, especially vehement ones, are collectors of religious things. Perhaps they doth protest too much me thinks. The Lord does work in mysterious ways.

On the orig. topic, I can sort of see why someone might keep a couple of stations that have particularly strong meaning to them in their home, but to keep the entire set I would think would eat up a lot of wall space!

Becky

"Government big enough to supply everything you need is big enough to take everything you have. The course of history shows that as a government grows, liberty decreases." - Thomas Jeff

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Tue, 04-15-2003 - 12:19pm
I was in a home once that had a chapel. Maybe that is more common than I thought. Also, I have a hunch that a lot of non-religious people are drawn to religious art. We could probably start a great thread hypothesizing why.

I can't imagine putting stations of the cross in my house. On the other hand, I just bought a St. Francis statue for the garden, so maybe I'm heading down that path...;-)

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 11:01pm
They don't sound very big, they were all in one cart? These were almost 3 feet high, which is why I was curious about who would want them and why. I guess this was just one of those things that make you go "hmmmm?"

Kim 

Mom to Brad, Ma

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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 10:37pm
I found several of those in a cart at a Salvation Army one year. They wanted 2.00 each. Most were broken. I did find 3 that were in good shape a little plaster and some color paint and they looked great. I kept XII for here (Christ dies on the cross) the others I fixed up and gave away the others to friends.
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Thu, 04-10-2003 - 9:14pm
I haven't a clue either who would buy them or what they would do with them.