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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

'Joined in the middle.'

I'm pleased to introduce yet another excellent religion blog, Cross by Jon Fortt, a journalist who is interested in the complex ways religion intersects with power and politics. I'm taken by the series of dictionary definitions he collects:

cross (krôs, krs) n.

An upright post with a transverse piece near the top, on which condemned persons were executed in ancient times.

The Christian religion; Christianity.

In Christianity, a sign made by tracing the outline of a cross with the right hand upon the forehead and chest as a devotional act.

A trial, affliction, or frustration.

A mark or pattern formed by the intersection of two lines, especially such a mark (X) used as a signature.

A movement from one place to another, as on a stage; a crossing.

A plant or animal produced by crossbreeding; a hybrid.

The process of crossbreeding; hybridization.

Sports. A hook thrown over an opponent's punch in boxing.

Law. An act or instance of cross-examining; a cross-examination.

And especially by his elegant formulation, which captures the sensibility of the site: "Cross. From right to left and left to right, joined in the middle." Check it out.

Copyright © 2004 by Philocrites | Posted 28 September 2004 at 5:12 PM

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