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Introduction

My interest in Christian symbology began when I was very young. My family attended a Baptist church in Loudonville, Ohio that was full of beautiful stained glass windows. The anchor in the south vestibule always caught my attention. Why was there an anchor in the stained glass? What did it mean? Many years would pass before I would find the answer.

In the spring of 1995, I was a junior at Mount Vernon Nazarene University. While doing research for a paper I ran across F. R. Webber’s book Church Symbolism. I was hooked on Christian symbology.

After graduating from college, I entered Ashland Theological Seminary, where my search for Christian symbols continued. I would eventually expand my search to the internet. I was shocked to find virtually nothing on the subject. I would put up my first two pages of Christian symbols on the internet in 1997. The response was unbelievable. Today, this website is made up of over 150 pages of content.

May these symbols continue to do for you what they have done for many for over 2,000 years: point you to the wonderful story of a God who loves you and sent His Son to die for you so that you may live.

Soli Deo Gloria ,
Doug Gray

 

Table of Contents

Angels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1
Animals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6
Apostles/Disciples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43
Crosses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
God . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .67
Halos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .70
Holidays . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Liturgical Terms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .86
Monograms (Letters, Words & Phrases . . . . . . . . 102
Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109
Objects . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . 113
Old Testament . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 122
Plants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .133
Sacraments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 143
Stars . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 147
End Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Bibliography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151
Debunking the DaVinci Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 152
Store. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 161

 

 
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