The Brick Testament

The Brick Testament is a vivid depiction of many famous (and infamous) Bible stories realized entirely in LEGO bricks. “The Reverend” Brendan Powell Smith builds all the characters and settings out of LEGOs, then photographs them to produce the illustrated stories. All the stories are told using direct quotes from the Bible.

While some churches use The Brick Testament to teach Bible stories in a fun way, many of the depictions are startlingly graphic, and each story carries tags that warn sensitive readers away from nudity, sexual content, violence, and cursing within the stories. As Thomas Paine famously said:

Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous debaucheries, the cruel and torturous executions, the unrelenting vindictiveness, with which more than half the bible is filled, it would seem more consistent that we called it the word of a demon than the Word of God. It is a history of wickedness that has served to corrupt and brutalize mankind.

The Brick Testament even depicts the two divergent accounts of the death of Judas Iscariot— one of the many glaring contradictions that awoke me to the nature of the Bible as a fallible work of human origin.

Did he hang himself? (Matthew 27:3-5) …or did he fall in a field and split himself open? (Acts 1:15-19)

Oh, and don’t miss When to Stone Your Children.

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