Not epic at all. That would be the philosopy of duelism. Satan and Christ are not equals. Christ has defeated Satan. There is not equality. He is superior to Satan. Satan has no prayer of winning. He isn't God. Jesus is God and Satan is forced to bow to his holiness.
That's the best ever!
knicking this for my blog. And RichnHim is right. Good and Evil are not two goats on a mountain butting heads with the winner being the one who happens to push the hardest.
No, no, duelism involves pistols at 50 paces.
Some biceps. I wonder when Satan finds the time to work out?
What RichnHim said.Hmm, caption needs a slight tweak-"PURE MANICHAEISM"There, I fixed it. HT to St Augustine, Bishop of Hippo, Doctor Gratiae.
I'm less concerned with the theological inaccuracy than I am impressed by the strength of the image. I like it!
If you want something less Manichean, you should find that one Coptic icon of St. Athanasius squashing a tiny Arius.
funnibunny... found it. http://www.dominicanfriars.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/05/stathanasius.jpg
Jesus looks like a Vegan--pathologically pale.
Somehow, I get the mental image of some stoner looking at this and saying, "Y'know, like, Lucifer looks totally cool!"Or "Pure Zoroastrianism"?
Without dismissing the manichaean interpretation as incorrect, I don't think the image excludes an orthodox understanding simply because it does not (yet) show Christ's triumph. This may very well be the moment before the inevitable victory of almighty God.At least, that's how I saw it.Notice also that the glow of holiness from Christ's head (directly in front of his eyes) is piercing the enemy territory.
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