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Theological Notebook--The Sacrament of the Last Supper

Well, having the flu and then having the frantic need to catch up has really broken me of the habit of making entries, hasn't it? I'm having a merry time of it tonight, though. I'm scratching a five-year itch. As I sit here kinda singing along to randomly-playing Midnight Oil tunes, I'm working on my paper for the Epiphanies of Beauty: the Arts in a Post-Christian Culture conference at Notre Dame in two weeks. I've had the idea for "Salvador Dali's The Sacrament of the Last Supper: A Theological Re-Assessment" in my head for five years: it's very satisfying to finally be getting it down on paper.

I guess it's also keeping me from being bummed about the election. Again, to my mind, once you lie to the entire country so as to deceive them into giving you support for going into an unnecessary war (although a very profitable one for your supporters), it would kinda disqualify you from getting re-elected as President. The fact that such a person would then convince a majority of Christians to re-elect him based on support for their common morality further amazes me. Thank goodness he's not after all our daughters, too.

Anyway, Dali's painting has been written about by two noted Protestant theologians--Paul Tillich and Francis Schaeffer--and they both managed to misunderstand the work. The more I work on the thing, the more amazed I am at the depth of Dali's contemplation: here, he's illustrated not a Last Supper, like Leonardo's famed painting, but rather an explication of The Sacrament of the Last Supper, or in other words, the Eucharist. What we have is an exploration of the mystical doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and detail after detail Dali shows himself wonderfully sensitive to the idea. Yay fun! Back to the writing!

Tags: art, dali, theological notebook, writing

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