Church removes ‘scary crucifix’

11 01 2009

A large sculpture of Christ on the cross has been removed from outside a church in West Sussex after its vicar said it was “scaring young children”.

The Reverend Ewen Souter said the 10ft crucifix was “a horrifying depiction of pain and suffering” which was also “putting people off”.

The sculpture, located at the side of St John’s Church in Broadbridge Heath, has now been given to Horsham Museum.

It will be replaced with a new stainless steel cross.

article here

Of course crucifixion is a form of torture and a horrible way to die so I can see how people would find that depiction “scary”  but is that what was really bothering them?  My guess is that people possibly didn’t like the particular style of sculpture used as Jesus looks very skeletal and more alien than human.  Maybe a crucifix done in different style wold have appealed to people more?    Then again I am a fan of  crucifixes where Jesus looks very real, very human, and very bloody.


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