An image of Mary with words from the Magnificat, rendered in the style of a Soviet propaganda poster. Obviously somewhat tongue-in-cheek. But read any progressive political tract or address, be it the Communist Manifesto, William Morris’ News from Nowhere, the 1942 Beveridge Report that provided the blueprint for the British welfare state, or – more recently – Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign speeches, and its clear how much the imagery and rhetoric of radical politics owes to the prophetic imagination of the Bible, even if the authors are avowedly secular.

One would hardly say that contemporary Christianity is apolitical. It’s so easy though for Christian spirituality – like that of all religions – to slide into contemplative quietism that it’s interesting from time-to-time to try to re-imagine the revolutionary dimensions of the Gospel message.

2 thoughts on “Magnificat

  1. And it’s fascinating to see now how Russians have rebuilt cathedrals, churches, and how ordinary guides talk about “what we believe” – far more overt belief than you’d find in the UK in similar circumstances.

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