The Altar of Incense
Jews and Christians believe that it is in the worship of God that human beings realize themselves most completely. In rightly-ordered worship, humans fulfil their vocation as creatures— grasping themselves in their deepest truth and potential, precisely as they find themselves grasped by God. At the same time, this is a vocation shared with all other creatures, non-human ones included (which is why the Bible talks of trees, mountains, deserts, and seas giving glory to God). But worship can also be misdirected, with deforming effects on the worshipper. The following exhibitions explore how worship can go wrong as well as go right.