Blood is seed

July 12 2015

“Plures efficimur quoties metimur a vobis; semen est sanguis Christianorum.” Tertullian: Apologeticus, chap. 50 (Migne, J.-P.: Patrologia Latina, vol. i, col 535).

“We multiply as we are mown down. The blood of the martyrs is the seed of the church.” Translation by nobody in particular.

And here in the translation by Lewis Carroll’s father.

Diego Rivera, La sangre de los martires revolucionarios fertilizando la tierra, part of Tierra fecundada fresco (1925-27), Autonomous University of Chapingo, Texcoco, Mexico State:

La sangre de los martires

There were many Christian martyrs in those years too. The Cristero War was fought from 1926 to ’29 against the violently anti-religious forces of Plutarco Elías Calles, President of Mexico 1924-28. I don’t know whether Rivera allied himself with him, but he was an atheist of Sephardic converso ancestry.

A Study of History, Vol VI, OUP, 1939 (footnote)

One Response to “Blood is seed”

  1. davidderrick Says:

    The Rivera is rather Gilbert and Georgeish.


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