Sunday Sermon: Pareidolia Strikes Deep

No time for a proper Sunday Sermon today — the power’s out where I live, so no computers ro Internet (I’m typing this from a computer lab at my wife’s work, where we popped in to check e-mail), but here’s an interesting little tidbit:

Some guy in England thinks he’s got a picture of Jesus in his frying pan, but as you can see (from the inset I ‘Shopped in to the picture at right), it’s obviously Pete Townshend.

Why do people who’ve never had a beard somehow think that all men with beards look alike? And that they all look like Jesus? Did anyone actually say Jesus had a beard in the first place?

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Stepan on March 16, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I though (some?) Jewish tradition forbids the shaving of the beard. So presumable Jesus did have a beard. But if so, it likely wasn’t neatly trimmed as depicted in most art (and how he tends to show up on tortillas and such). It would have likely looked like the proper beards sported by today’s hasidem or Taliban.

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