Tuesday, October 6, 2015

"Bible Road": Signs of Faith and Warning

This semester I'm teaching a seminar on evangelism at Eden Theological Seminary. For a change of pace this week, I'm passing around a favorite photography book, Bible Road: Signs of Faith in the American Landscape by Sam Fentress (David & Charles, 2007).

The blurb on the Amazon site reads, "For the last 25 years, photographer Sam Fentress has travelled America taking architectural photographs as his full-time profession. Along the way, he has encountered illustrative signs of faith along the nation's highways, country roads and back alleyways. "Bible Road: Signs of Faith in the American Landscape" is the result of these sometimes sought, sometimes serendipitous encounters. A photographic chronicle emerges from the most unlikely places, from beauty salon windows to highway pylons and burger joint marquees. These pictures, both individually and collectively, offer a remarkable insight into a distinctly American religious phenomenon, which may cause us to reflect on our own religious cultures and attitudes."

The different signs and graffiti photographed by Fentress are fascinating examples of people (whoever they might have been) sharing their faith, and calling others to religious faith, in ways sincere, blatant, unintentionally humorous, and thought-provoking. Here is a site that gives more information about the book, as well as a sample of some of the photographs.

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