Blessed are those who have not seen…

Jason Bruner
Dec 20, 2018 · 1 min read

An excerpt from a piece of mine that was just published at The Revealer:

The Gospel of John asks us to be convinced by Thomas’ belief, which is another way of saying that we are asked to make do with words alone. Jesus, at least, wanted Thomas to feel the weight of our disappointment at not being able to touch the wounds of a resurrected body. While it is tempting to put a glowing modernist halo around Thomas’ skepticism — to see in his initial question some ancient version of “pic or it didn’t happen” — would we be any more convinced if we, somehow, had a photograph of the exchange? And to ask that question is to miss the heart of Thomas’ desire, which was to let his fingers feel the truth of what others already believed.

Jonas Bendiksen’s documentary photography project, The Last Testament(Aperture/GOST, 2017), opens with an invitation: imagine yourself as a believer, as someone whose world is ripe with the hope that salvation — some divine rescue — is coming.

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Assistant Prof. of Religious Studies at Arizona State University. Historian, ethnographer, writer, and, occasionally, photographer.