The news is out: [Joanne M. Pierce, Professor of Religious Studies, College of the Holy Cross, wrote about the origin and meaning of the cross.
In the fall, Catholics and some other Christian churches celebrate the Feast of the Holy Cross. With the feast, Christians commemorate Jesus Christ’s life, especially his salvific death on the cross and his later Resurrection, believing this offers them the promise of forgiveness and eternal life.
The feast has its roots in late antiquity, a time when the cross became an important part of Christian art and worship. The cross, once a shameful form of execution for criminals, has became a predominant symbol of Christ and Christianity.
However, the cross at times has also taken on darker meanings as a symbol of persecution, violence and even racism.
As a scholar of medieval Christian history and worship, I have studied this complicated history.]
This is a false simplistic Eurocentric explanation of the origin of the cross, as the Caucasian world apparently started with the Roman era. There was a flourishing world before the Romans. Joanne M. Pierce should get her money back because she was fed the wrong information in school.
The true origin of the cross is Babylon where the Tammuz can be found; later it was associated with the Ankh. It is laughable that so many articles are written by pretenders, to deface world history and pollute the knowledge of African culture. And Joanne is a professor?