Yes, it is a symbol on banners and flags today, DS.It's a symbol primarily associated with Christianity these days and in that context can be seen on buildings, signs, posters, monuments, and books, among other places, and is common in jewellery, but it long predates Christianity as a symbol of various other superstitions all over Europe and Asia, probably because it's a simple shape relatively easy to incise on or create from a variety of materials. It's a symbol associated with the Sumerian deity Tammuz, the Persian Mithras, and the little known Greek deity Attis, all of whom reportedly died and were resurrected.
Which was done in recognition of Switzerland's contributions to humanitarian relief. The Red Cross flag is the Swiss flag with the colours reversed.The red cross is a symbol used by the Red Cross organization to represent disaster relief.
There is quite a bit of history and meaning associated with this symbol, TB.Which was done in recognition of Switzerland's contributions to humanitarian relief. The Red Cross flag is the Swiss flag with the colours reversed.
In Islamic countries, it's a red crescent.
And the Swiss flag? It's the Calvinist cross. John Calvin, a leader of the Protestant Reformation, operated from Basel and Geneve.
Early versions of the Celtic cross pre-date Christianity.To recap, some of the meaning ascribed to the cross symbol in our culture today includes Red Cross relief, blue cross insurance, green cross provision and protection, and military cross valor.
Where else have you encountered this cross symbol and what other meaning is associated with it?
Excellent PR.Historically, the cross symbolized the suffering and shame of crucifixion, a practice ascribed first to ancient Phoenicians. How did the meaning of the cross change from historical suffering and shame to relief, insurance, provision, protection and valor in our day?
Agree, TB. The ancient Hebrew view was a negative one:Excellent PR.
Nice cherry-pick on the Phoenicians, by the way. I'm sure you're going somewhere with this, though it's a rather drawn-out argumentum ad populam.
I might point out that for centuries, Jews viewed the cross with dread, given the conduct of people who marched under it.
Are you implying that Jews deserved the pogroms?Agree, TB. The ancient Hebrew view was a negative one:
“If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse” (Deuteronomy 21:22-23a, NIV).