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Christian Symbols



Visual Aids

Visual representations and signs - also known as symbols - are very important in the Christian religion. Christians may be called "people of the book" (meaning they are readers of the Bible) and "people of faith" (meaning they believe in unseen things). Still, imagery plays an important role in the Christian life. For instance, symbols incorporating colors, shapes, and numbers, can have significant importance in the right context.

While faith apart from the senses may be of primary importance in Christianity, believers recognize that God is also the creator of the human senses, including sight. Moreover, what is visible and physical can, under the right circumstances, be an aid to faith. For example, when Christians remember the cross of Jesus Christ, in accordance with biblical instruction (e.g. 1 Corinthians 11), they consume bread and wine (or similar elements) at the Lord's Supper. Faith is thereby supported by a sensory experience.


Symbols and Signs of the Christian Religion

Below is a gallery of nearly 100 symbols found in the Christian religion. Click links (where available) for an explanation of the symbol's meaning, related Bible verses, and a gallery of examples of the symbol.



American Baptist Church


Apple



Book


Chalice


Christogram


Church of Scotland


Crown and Cross


Crown of Thorns


Daisy


Dogwood


Dolphin


Dove


Doves (Seven)


Easter Eggs


Ecumenical Orthodox Patriarchate


Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)


Fleur-de-Lis


Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


Lilies


Mennonite


Moravian Church of America


Nimbus


Nimbus (Trinity)


Olive Branch


Palm Branches


Papal Arms of Benedict XVI


Pearl


Phoenix


Plumb Line


Poppy


Presbyterian Church (USA)


Scales


Scepter


Scroll


Shamrock


Shell


Shield of the Trinity


Skull


Southern Baptist Church


Stag/Deer


Trefoil


Triquetra


Triangle


Unicorn


United Church of Christ


Vatican (Holy See)


Winged Lion


Winged Ox


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