There are two things I have always wanted. One is to draw a cartoon. The other is to have someone explain to me the cartoons other people draw.
You see my cartoon.
Now for the explanation.
The two clergymen in the picture are in an art gallery. One is reading from a guidebook. The masterpiece they are inspecting has felt the impact of a recent article in the Post by a Harvard theologian. The professor says that the dimension of depth is religious. He seems to feel that modern art has it all over Billy Graham in this dimension. It asks a sincere and religious question “when the painter breaks the visible surface into pieces.”
This picture shows how sincere a painter can get.
It also symbolizes what I think the professor has done to the Christian gospel in seeking his lost dimension of depth.
IN SEARCH OF A DIMENSION
In the issue of June 14, 1958, the Saturday Evening Post contained an article on religion by Professor Paul Tillich of Harvard University.… It appears to be the purpose of Professor Tillich in this article to interpret the present popular revival of religious interest as a “desperate and mostly futile attempt to regain what has been lost,” which lost thing he calls the “dimension of depth” in religion. Professor Tillich defines the dimension of depth as being “the religious dimension in man’s nature.” To him religion in its innermost nature “is the state of being concerned about one’s own being and being universally.” … To him also, “being religious means asking passionately the question of the meaning of our existence and being willing to receive answers even if the answers hurt.”
Professor Tillich rejects the idea that any particular religion, including Christianity, can furnish the answer ...1
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