Some times you want a Christian emblem that’s not a cross: not a Latin cross, not a Greek cross, not a Byzantine cross. Nothing — and I think this is the reason for the desire — to be crucified on. I can’t blame anyone for being especially weary and queasy with describing one’s faith with a device of torturous death these days: torture and death has become a matter of public policy.
This is the first of a short series.
One of the more interesting alternatives is the heptagram, or the seven-pointed star.
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Just three reasons for its use by Christians:
- Seven has been identified with perfection — as anyone whose been taught The Divine Comedy will recall — and by extension the perfection of God.
- It is also a reminder of the seven gifts of the spirit, described in the eleventh chapter of Isaiah: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord. (There are other lists of spiritual gifts.)
- Seven is a key number in the Revelation of John, a coded message about God’s future promises, including a reference to seven stars.
It has uses, of course, in other religions, too. Either way, these two heptagram images are released into the public domain for whatever use.
Seven-pointed star (heptagram) in vector svg format
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5 Replies to “Christian emblems not a cross: the seven-pointed star”
I feel a tattoo coming on!
I thought I already said this, but I feel a tattoo coming on. Shoo, that’s PRETTY.
I also like the idea of a HEPtagram.
“Hep hep,” a la Cab Calloway.
I find it too close to the Baha’i nine-pointed star.
What about adding a tail and make it the star of Bethlehem?