Christus and the disciples at Emmaus, Franz Weiß, 1971
But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.”
So he went in to stay with them.
And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing,
broke it, and gave it to them.
With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him,
but he vanished from their sight. (Lk 24,29-31)
Franz Weiss (1921 – 2014) was an academic painter and sculptor from the Western part of Styria. He has been working as an independent artist since 1951. His œuvre covers an astounding wide range of topics and techniques, mainly sacral works of art and major commitments in public space, including altar-pieces, the decoration of churches and chapels, shrines at the wayside, crosses and tombstones, historical cycles in various techniques, murals al fresco and al secco, painting on panel and canvas, reverse glass-painting and watercolours, woodcuts, enamels, reliefs of bossed copper, mosaics, and stained-glass windows as well as sculptures of wood and stone.
[written in September 2014] On September 4, 2014, Wolfhart Pannenberg, one of the leading German Protestant theologians, died in Munich.
Some refences to his book “Confessions of a Trinitarian Evolutionist” caught my attention. Here is one:
“God always used creatures to bring about other things. Think of the function of the earth in the first part of Genesis. The earth is addressed by God to assist in His act of creation. First, the earth is addressed to bring about vegetation. So we may wonder, ‘How can the earth, an inorganic reality, bring about an organic reality, vegetation, and then bring about the self organization of organisms from inorganic materials?’ Yet, this is the Christian creation story. The second address of the earth is even bolder than that! God addresses the earth to bring about animals. And the text means higher animals. Such boldness does not really characterize even Darwin’s theory of evolution. Darwin wouldn’t have dreamed to have higher animals spring immediately from the earth, from inorganic matter. Darwin is much more moderate than that. In criticizing the doctrine of evolution, our creationist friends among Christian theologians should read their Bibles more closely.“