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.