The Wooden Cross
There is much to say about the cross, but what is most apparent—though, perhaps not to all—the design of the cross in its many variations is a triumph in simplicity, symmetry, and understated beauty. The form of the cross has been part of human history for millennia, but Christianity has made this timeless symbol not only ageless, but universally recognizable as representing the Christian faith, and its central figure, Jesus Christ. The cross, especially the wooden cross, has become a fixture in the homes of many devout Christians. At Wooden Cross, we aim to provide an in-depth look at the history of the cross in Christendom, and its place in today’s Christian homes.
The Cross as a Christian Symbol
Though the shape of the cross has been around for millennia, it took on world-changing significance at after the birth of Christianity. As the central symbols representing various aspects of the Christian religion, the cross is inseparable from Christianity.
Types of Crosses
The simple form of the cross has evolved into a variety of shapes created by different Christians sects and denominations. The types of crosses have sprung from traditions, and individualities of each of these Christian sects representing the same ultimate belief and truth.
The Wooden Cross
The traditional material from which crosses are made is wood, specifically olivewood which is an old-world tree that is central to the live in the Middle East around the time Jesus lived. The olivewood cross is the quintessential symbolic representation of what Christians believe. Wooden crosses are present in almost every Christian home, and often get passed down as heirlooms from generation to generation. With such a central role in the life of Christians, the wooden cross is the main topic of discussion of this website. This study looks at the history, social aspects, and the religious symbolism of the wooden cross, and it is hopefully going to be a useful resource for those interested in the topic of Christianity and the cross.