When you look at the breathtaking Renaissance paintings of Da Vinci,
Michaelangelo, and others, you get no sense that they were produced by the same
era that witnessed people being burned at the stake by the Church for being
witches or heretics. Ahead would be the Reformation, the bloody massacres of the
Thirty Years War between Catholic and Protestant states, and then the 18th
century Enlightenment. Islam today is experiencing its own
transformation into a modernity it was closed off from during the rise of
Western Europe to predominance. It's important for us to understand that
the dark side that grabs headlines does not reflect the whole.
I visited the exhibit earlier this summer. Beautiful.But at some
point, a religion's ratio of beautiful calligraphy to dysfunction gets low
enough, that a decent person has to start seriously looking around for other
ways to fulfill his religious needs. Every religion has its bad
apples. I can wave away the occasional slaughtered wagon train a century or so
back. We're only human, after all. But if any significant
number of Mormons had rioted violently against "South Park" or the
"Book of Mormon" musical, or if the Church clearly resulted in
Mormon-dominated cultures lagging significantly behind the rest of the world in
terms of prosperity, stability, violence, science and culture, then I don't
care how sublime Minerva Teichert's paintings are. At some point, even
being a "moderate Mormon" wouldn't be enough. It would be time to
I've been to this exhibit 3 times now!It's beautiful!We have so much in coomon with our Abrahamic Convenanted brothers/sisters.Sad, I know too many LDS here in Utah who are too close-minded to
"prove ALL things, hold fast to that which is good."سلام - Salaam - Peace
Among the unfortunate fallout from the tragedy of September 11 is in militant
Islam becoming representative of Muslims in general when in fact it is not.
American Muslims have suffered greatly because of that. I hope people in Utah
will take advantage of this exhibition while it is on display. Islam has a rich
history and culture that needs to be better appreciated by the rest of the
This is a beautiful exhibit. My daughter and I spend nearly two hours studying
all the wonderful pieces--amazingly complex calligraphy, ceramics, carpets,
statuary and more. Go--now!! You will be so glad that you did.
My wife and I viewed this exhibit earlier this Summer. It is well worth a visit
- so if you haven't seen it yet, by all means do so!