The 6-foot nude chocolate Jesus

Are Christians supposed to derive spiritual benefit from seeing this sculpture, or are they supposed to be riled up by it? Or is the artist just trying to get publicity? (Note to irony-seekers: I know what I do in posting this.) The caption under the photo (“Jesus, The 485,460-Calorie Messiah”) seems to suggest an irreverent approach, at least by the Post Chronicle. It’s as if to say both that the Messiah is measurable by instruments, and that he is bad for you.

In favor of the sculpture:

  • Molding Christ in chocolate conveys the theme of eating Christ’s body. This is orthodox doctrine, though most Protestants deny that the Body of Christ is physically present in the Eucharist.
  • Rendering Christ naked on the Cross may be historically accurate. After all, the soldiers cast lots for his clothing.

Against the sculpture:

  • Molding Christ in chocolate conveys the theme of Christ as junk food, forbidden pleasure, thus thwarting whatever devotional impulse one might otherwise feel before a crucifix.
  • Molding Christ in chocolate implies that Christ is a seasonal delicacy, like the chocolate Easter bunny, to be consumed (or, paid attention to, or whatever) once a year.
  • This also positions Christ as a commodity.
  • Rendering Christ naked on the Cross may be historically accurate, but it may also cause impure thoughts in viewers. A minimally-clad Christ might also do this, but not so readily as one with exposed genitalia.

Molding things in chocolate imbues sculpted objects with a wholly other meaning than if they were formed from wood or some other non-food substance. There was an exhibit at a local gallery not so long ago that displayed chocolate tools. I’m not quite sure whether that meant to signify the trivialization of work and contempt for the proletariat or whether it was just dumb . . .

So Curly gives the chocolate Jesus a thumbs-down, even if the artist’s intent was pious. Which Curly, given his curmudgeonliness, doubts.

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