The New Look
My thanks to Scott Bailey (http://scotteriology.wordpress.com/) for surprising me this morning with an e-mail with the above graphic attached! That man has skill!
Still, some explanation is in order. On the very left we have Calvin who is either
- Trying to pick Tom Wright's nose
- Pointing out to Wright the errors of the New Perspective on Paul
- Or he's saying 'Yea, return from exile, narrative, makes a good deal of sense to me'
The truth would perhaps involve something of all three.
Next to Tom Wright is none other than Barth who looks like he's just been told that Brunner accidently fell into a vat of chicken poo.
Coming next, and blasphemously appearing prominently covered with a glow of heavenly filling glory, is a grinning idiot.
To my right, and Jim, the following sentences are for your benefit, is Zwingers. As he turns to me, light is prophetically being cast on the bible as he reads it. He's whispering, 'please tell me more oh much wiser-than-me-one'. (He's also chewing on a protestant sausage).The grinning glory boy is thus appropriately standing and shining in authority over the wee got-all-his-ideas-from-Luther reformer. (I figure if Jim is gonna call me the devil anyway, I might as well earn it)
To the right of Zwingli is Luther looking like he's taking everything far too seriously. He's got his 'I'm not amused' face on and needs a good tickle. Rumour has it, he just read this before the painting was made.
To Luther's right is Bultmann who has the classic 'I didn't just fart (but I secretly know I just did)' look on his face.
You are an open book to me, Herr Bultmann.
That's why Bonheoffer, at the very right, is looking a bit pensive.