Icons for the Temple/Mall: A Documentary on Mannequins

An earlier post spoke of secular culture embodying liturgies that parody the liturgy of the Church. And now for some evidence...

Fors Clavigera, the blog of Calvin College professor of philosophy, James K.A Smith, recently alerted his readers to a short film made by a former student of his, concerning the manufacture of mannequins for the fashion industry. The film interviews the owners of one mannequin factory, and their comments are as horrifying as they are revelatory. 

To summarise a 7 minutes film would be to give the whole thing away, but here's a clue: the notion that mannequins are meant to reflect reality, in the eyes of these entrepreneurs, is to approach mannequins the wrong way. Mannequins hyperextend, rather than portray, the real To see the extent of this hyperextension, watch on...


Both the left and right argue that the secular is autonomous, and to have the Church interfering in its operations spells disaster, so here's what happens when the Church leaves the secular alone, free from religion...

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