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Is it the blood of Christ we drink during the Communion? Is a Picasso worth a billion? Were Pontus Hultén’s "licensed" imitations of the Warhol Brillo-boxes worth more, before a Swedish newspaper uncovered a story exposing them as having been produced to late, i.e. after the expiration of the "licence"?
Until the 14th century the spiritual/divine was still in close relation to the material/human. The natural and the supernatural were still explained as two aspects of the same reality, and not as two different truths, separated and on each side of what is considered "real". Since the Renaissance and the secularization of the world, a mercantile economy grew forth, changing from barter with the actual value of commodities, to capitalism's trade with the expected value of products and trademarks. This economic change occurred simultaneously as theology gradually separated The Father/God from The Son/the humans. We find this an interesting fact and investigate possible relations. Or is it just a random parallelism?
We will also look at the original meaning of the religious understanding of revelation; lat. revelatio, i.e. disclosure. Can reality be examined through scientific means exclusively? Or is there some knowledge that can be achieved only through "divine intervention" – i.e. a revelation? What is a revelation? Can it be analysed, and can you tell a "true" from a "false" revelation?