Davor Aslanovski writes in Deum Videre: The nature of the beast – part four:
But I do assure you, the beast is ‘sindonology.’
And I will drag this curious creature of the intellectual night, by its horns, into the light of reason (and true Catholic faith), and keep it there until I’m sure it’s dead. And then I will give it a grave such as it deserves – a novel. Not a history book that debunks the laughable esoteric myths and puts Byzantine neologisms back in their context. ‘Sindonology’ does not deserve to lie in such a tomb. It needs to be buried in a novel that will preserve its true crimes – its effects on human souls and minds.
I just want to know who will play me when the novel becomes a movie. In all seriousness, read the entire posting. There is some merit to what he says in this repeated paragraph:
Sindonology can, obviously, be a dark forest into which a serious and sincere scientist will enter only to lose his path and to never re-emerge. Since modern science has not been able to satisfyingly explain the formation of the image on the Turin Shroud, it offers itself to belief in its having a miraculous origin. And to be sure, if such an origin is accepted, it burdens a scientist with a limitation of competence even greater than that which he customarily encounters with objects believed to possess a miraculous agency. Indeed, it engenders such an ontological specificity of the object that a scientist is no longer only limited in his competence, but fully incompetent. And soon enough he no longer has any reason to approach the subject as a scientist at all. If it is accepted as a miraculously created image of dead Jesus, consistent with the Biblical accounts of his Passion, then its provenance has to be 1st-century Jerusalem. It simply does not make much sense for such an image to come from any other time or place. And a historian is then charged with providing a pre-history for this object, leading up to its first irrefutable attestation in 14th-century France. If that image is truly miraculous in origin, it demands this pre-history, and the task of the historian quickly ceases to be the reconstruction of past events, and becomes the corroboration of presupposed knowledge. History is then no longer an inductive science, but becomes a deductive, retrospective interpretation akin mostly to Talmudical hermeneutics. And for that reason, it is truly deplorable that this fascinating relic has mainly been examined within the confines of sindonology.
The part in red is his highlighting, not mine. And it is what I mostly disagree with. Davor will need to write himself into this novel. Who should play him?
Not explained does not mean miraculous.
…and miraculous does not mean unexplainable ;-)
If sindonology is the Beast, who/what is the Beauty?
Saint Greorges-Dave Aslanovski fighting the sindonoNOlogical modern dragon?
I was under the impression he had already started writing his novel when he first opened his web-site. I’ve a fair idea who’ll be assigned the role of the villain, but then I’ve already had 10 years in amateur theatrics anyway, but that was long ago! If he wants it published, he’ll have to change his writing style to make it more readable.
And do you have any other advice? I mean, after all, I have never published anything in my life… Either as a visual artist or as a writer… Well, I have, but so very little… And you… You… Well, OK, maybe you haven’t published anything, but you are… seventy-something? And so if there’s anything from your rich life experience that comes to mind… and could help me… if you’d be so kind. Or if you don’t have any tips, maybe you could just call me a pompous sycophant again… That’s something too… And then maybe Ron the carpet salesman can tell you he seconds your opinion of me… And Dan can ‘promote’ the part of your comment that says that ‘the Turks were Arabs’, and Max Patrick Hamon can write something like ‘Mr Asslickovsky the infallible Catholic anticryptohistorian’, and Yannick can try and turn the conversation to ‘extrapolations, speculations, and suppositions?’ Yeah, let’s do that. Let’s do that for a long time.
Good luck to you, guys.
Good luck and goodbye.
Carpet salesman? …Well I’ll take that over Pompous Lackey anytime, oh sorry I meant sycophant. Goodbye and Good riddance…No tears now, okay.
Mr pro-domo Assicklovski no ad hom attack was it you recently advised others? Or is it one of your best Catholic virtue to forbid others what you just indulge in?
I am no Catholc. Nobody’s as perfect as you.
Mistyping: I am not a Catholic.
DA, ever heard of early Cryptochristians and Benedictine monk artists as cryptographers and steganographers? Most obviously as a so called ‘Art historian’, you’re an academic ignoramus as you just cannot really decipher a wall fresco or a miniature painted by such Christian artists.
Not to mention Knight Templars’ religious enigmatic grafffiti.
The true ‘Beast’ here is sindonoNOlogical ignorance not sindonology as such.
Good intellectual night, Mr Aslanovki.
BTW arslan in Turk evolved in Aslan (like in Aslanovski) and means “Lion”. Davor means “in front of”. Now you know WHO IS THE BEAST…and who/what is really in front of you folks…
Etymologically speaking, “Davor Aslanoski” means “In front of that son of Lion”
(Davor in German Da+Vor)
I’m ignorant as far as Art History is concerned, but scientifically someone like Ray Rogers studied the Shroud and didn’t get lost. You can read last crystal clear post from Kelly Kearse, he doesn’t seem lost.
You can pick up bogus theories and create “the beast” you want.
To Davor Aslanovski: FIRST drag yourself of your intellectual and spiritual night, by your ears and tail, into the light of illumination (and true Spirituality), and keep you there until you’re sure the beast within you is dead.
The true beast is Aslanovski’s CoCa(cola)tholicism (as It is bad for your physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual health so much so you can even die from it).
What Coca-Cola does for you:
“Phosphoric Acid in Coca-Cola and Diet Coke has been shown to destroy bones by contributing to osteoporosis and destroying teeth. Aspartame, now known as AminoSweet, has been linked to numerous diseases and health problems. In addition, there are food dyes and other chemical additives in Coke products that are known carcinogens. Due to the mass marketing and consumption of Coke products, millions are addicted to these products due to the caffeine, sugar and aspartame.”
Aslanovski wroute about himself: “Bless me, father, for I am a Roman Catholic”
NOW READ Aslanovki’s blog Mission Statement:
“Well, my mission is more or less the same as that of the Coca-Cola company.
The Coca-Cola Promise: The Coca-Cola Company exists to benefit and refresh everyone it touches. The basic proposition of our business is simple, solid, and timeless. When we bring refreshment, value, joy and fun to our stakeholders, then we successfully nurture and protect our brands, particularly Coca-Cola. That is the key to fulfilling our ultimate obligation to provide consistently attractive returns to the owners of our business.
Everything we do is inspired by our enduring mission:
To Refresh the World… in body, mind, and spirit.
To Inspire Moments of Optimism… through our brands and our actions.
To Create Value and Make a Difference… everywhere we engage
Well, you know, mutatis mutandis.
As usual, it’s hard to put a finger on what exactly an art historian contributes to this world.
But if The Coca-Cola can get away with refreshing the world… in body, mind, and spirit, or with creating value and making a difference, well, then so can I.
I will refresh you and inspire you for moments of optimism with my insights on theology of art in Abrahamic religions. And with many other riveting subjects.”
No doubt the beast is Alanovki’ CoCa(-Cola)tholicism…
Max, You’re displaying a black (coca-cola coloured) sense of humour. I did have to chuckle at this lot. Sadly, you’re right about the demon drink. My son became addicted to the stuff in his twenties, had to have all his top teeth removed, and at a relatively young age (in his thirties), needed a complete upper dental plate!
The curious creature, the devouring/Davoring beast within himself as “son of lion” (“Aslanovski”) with “a bullhead” upsidedown (the initial letter “A” of Aslanovski) is still in his “Davory Tower” writing a novel about the beast… ‘Once upon a most confusing time…”
.”..an anti-sindonology Coca(-Cola)tholic Byzantine Art historian engaged in action on the intellectual battlefield…”
No ad-hom only ad-hoc attacks…
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