Last night, as I was preparing for my Greek midterm, my friend texted me a link to a Buzzfeed article that had gone viral. By now, you too have seen the photo of #TheDress that can be viewed as either black and blue or white and gold, or some variation thereon. What strikes me as interesting, though, is not what the colors actually are, but rather the amount of time and effort that has gone into classifying this dress as blue/black or white/gold. Each attempt to define the colors of the dress is just another attempt at classification. The only reason it remains interesting is because it’s not really about the color but rather how it’s classified by each viewer.
So naturally, I began to wonder how famous religious theorist and modern religious thinkers would classify the dress. Admittedly, committing 7+ years of your life to the academic study of religion will have strange effects on you. So this post is probably only interesting (and hopefully funny) for a very niche corner of the internet (and maybe only me). But nevertheless, here is what religious theorists and thinkers have to say about #TheDress:
“The appearance of the dress is the breakthrough of the sacred into the profane and only the religious human can appreciate its true color.”
(He later realized that his belief — that all beliefs are socially constructed — is, itself, socially constructed.)
“Christians should derive their entire thinking about the dress from what can actually be seen in Jesus Christ rather than from sources independent of this revelation.”
“The dress is most glorified when we are most satisfied in it.”