What’s in a logo?

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JitRLogoLargeIt is widely known that the early Christians began to use a simple fish sign as a symbol of Christianity. This was because the five letters of the Greek word for “fish” were an acrostic for the initial letters of the phrase, “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Saviour”. The table below illustrates how the five Greek letters in “icthys” (fish) relate to this statement of allegiance.

Greek Letter Greek Word Meaning
Iota Iesous Jesus
Chi Christos Christ
Theta Theos God’s
Upsilon Yios Son
Sigma Soter Saviour

In recent decades it has become common to see the fish drawn (or manufactured) with the Greek word “ICTHYS” written inside it. Modern commercialism has led to the word “JESUS” replacing the Greek one. (Those familiar with the fossil record will recognise the name ichthyosaur referring to giant marine reptiles found in Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous strata. The name itself means fish-lizard in Greek. The first part is the Greek for fish from which the Christian symbol was devised. The second part, saur, means lizard.)

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The evolution of a symbol

According to Wikipedia, two friends involved in Southern Californian atheist and free-thought movements, Al Seckel and John Edwards, co-created the Darwin fish design in 1983. In the same year Chris Gilman, a Hollywood prop maker who claims not to have seen Seckel’s and Edward’s design joked of the idea as an “advertising” alternative to the Christian fish. Five years later he began to manufacture the first plastic Darwin fish car ornaments. Two years after that, he founded the company Evolution Design to market them. One difference between the two designs was that Gilman’s fish faced right, while Seckel and Edwards’ fish faced left, the same direction as the Christian fish. Fears of losing its trademark on the design caused Evolution Design to threaten to sue creators of look-alike Darwin fish emblems and unlicensed products. This in turn led to a counter-claim by Seckel and Edwards. In the end the matter was settled due to both parties not having clear ownership of the mutant fish design. Today the Darwin fish continues to be a popular symbol amongst evolutionists, perhaps because they have an underlying need for their own religious icon.

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Copyright wars – survival of the fittest?

When pondering a colourful logo for this website, I came up with the idea of a Jesus fish swallowing a Darwin one. Searching the web makes clear that I was not the first to think along these lines, but the artwork for this one is all my own work. It struck me that it would be an appropriate logo for several reasons.

The first is that in the fossil record there are many examples of fish being buried with a half-swallowed fish in their mouth. This exposes the myth that fossils are formed slowly when dead creatures are buried by years of sediments; such fish were rudely interrupted in the middle of a meal by enough sediment to stop them swallowing their main course! Whilst to the evolutionist such violence is evidence of the death and struggle which drives natural selection, to the Christian it is also a reminder that human sin has corrupted the whole of creation.

FossilMealSecondly, we find in Exodus 7 the account of when Moses and Aaron first appeared before Pharaoh. The LORD had told them that when Pharaoh asked for a sign, Aaron was to throw down his staff and it would turn into a snake. This however did not impress Pharaoh. He called for his magicians and they also turned their rods into serpents. This was no surprise to God, for we read, “But Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods.” This made clear to the king of Egypt that whilst he could mimic God’s work, the authority behind Moses and Aaron was greater than his own. I am sure that today fans of the Darwin fish smirk inwardly whenever they see their icon, thinking they are getting one over on Christians by parodying their symbol. Like Pharaoh and his magicians, they need to realise that the God and Father of Jesus Christ has an authority which their pathetic efforts cannot dint. In the end He will overcome their arrogance just as clearly as He did that of Pharaoh.

Thinking about the above incident brought back to mind the verse which is quoted on my logo. 1 Corinthians 15 is a very long chapter, in the later part of which (v.35 onwards) Paul describes the difference between our present day mortal bodies and our eternal resurrection bodies. The first is a material (physical) body, whilst the one we have been promised is a spiritual one. Paul concludes his description with this declaration of victory in Christ:

“Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed – in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: ‘Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Grave, where is your victory?’ The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” v51-57

Paul told another group of Christians that when “the lawless one” has been revealed, the Lord will consume him “with the breath of His mouth and destroy [him] with the brightness of His coming.” (2 Thess. 2:8) Whilst I do not want anyone to think I am saying that Darwin was the Antichrist, I do believe that his doctrine always has been of the same spirit as Antichrist, for he sought to put something in the place of Jesus Christ. (See this section for details of his religious views.)

These two passages serve as warnings to those who wish to put their confidence in Darwin and his ideas. Whilst they seem to be prevailing over Biblical belief for now, evolutionists and atheists should not become over-confident. There will probably be no reversal of the trend of the last 150 years, as societies around the world are building more and more upon foundations laid down by Darwin, amongst others, until the day Jesus Christ returns to reign on the earth in righteousness. Until that day comes, I hope the picture of the bigger fish swallowing up the smaller one will remind Darwin devotees that their present victory is illusory. The day will come when the temporary nature of their arrogance is exposed for what it is. That will be on the day when Jesus Christ, King of Kings and Lord of Lords returns in His full majesty to put all things under His feet.

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