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This Myth Of Christ by Dale-DCX This Myth Of Christ by Dale-DCX
First of all, thank you very much to Wojciech Martowicz for the cross photograph itself and for letting me use it. Please check out his gallery here: [link]

I digress. I recently read The Last Templar by Raymond Khoury, a fantastic novel, one which I would highly recommend to anyone. Emblazoned onto the rear cover of the book is the phrase depicted above in my work. I think it is a very interesting statement by Pope Leo X, and it coincides quite well with my feelings on religion. Not particularly as to whether Jesus was or was not the Son of God (which I particularly believe he was not) but rather with regards to overwhelming power of a religion to force its believers into submission. By having Jesus as a proposed deity of sorts, Christianity has a single idea to rally people to its beliefs, then it can continue to force individuals to believe Christianity's dogmatic principles. This I believe is damaging to individual thought and expression, man's most important natural rights.

As for the image itself, I modified the colors to create a bloody sky and cross, to represent the needless blood spilt to satisfy the Church's lust for power by its followers who are forced to believe that everyone he thinks differently than they do is evil and must be made to see the light or die for their "sins." The darkness also represents where these followers are. In the dark, away from the rest of the word, away from logical reasoning and independent thought.

The text was of course added to display the quotation itself, and is depicted in such a way as to not detract from the cross and what it represents. It does however play a major role in setting the tone of the ideas to be presented.

I was very pleased with how this turned out and I hope you find it interesting. Again, thank you to Wojciech Martowicz at: [link] for the image itself.


Let not your mind be enslaved.
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Emporess Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2011
Mock all you want too, it will not change the truth!
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FrodoPrime Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
powerful - MYTH and Madness
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ShadowRavenAMZ Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I JUST starte reading this book. So far I'm looking forward to Reilly x Tess ;)
Does it all turn out good in the end?
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Nossek Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
I agree with you completely. I was recently reborn as an agnostic after being religious for as long as I can remember. :) Bravo.
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mahenina Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2009
believ or not isn't a matter,the end will show us the truth and i think that JESUS is more than a truth ,he's your god
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Algharib Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
The quote was not stated by Pope Leo X. It was stated by fervent anti-Roman Catholic/anti-papist, English historian by the name of John Bale in his work "Acta Romanorum Pontificum" (Translating from Latin to: "The Pageant of the Popes" in 1574. It is only attributed to Pope Leo X, but it is unknown - though there is no documentation - whether he ever actually said it.

Lastly, the actual quote is as follows:

"For on a time when a cardinall Bembus did move a question out of the Gospell, the Pope gave him a very contemptuous answer saying: All ages can testifie enough howe profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie."

By the way, I'm a mereological nihilist and fervent atheist. So... I'm not defending the Roman Church or the Curia by any extend. I think people should just have their facts straight - especially if they're going to challenge one of the oldest institutions of authority in the world.
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UnholyIndulgence Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2006
I love it.
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Dale-DCX Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2007
Thank you, I am pleased you do.
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Mysh1t Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2006
nice, i love the black landscape under the red sky - good work man :D
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Dale-DCX Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Thank you very much.

Your comments are most appreciated :w00t:
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