Holy Shit House

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Most of my most profound thoughts happen when in complete solitude.  Oddly enough the bathroom is one of the few places where I truly feel alone and have a chance to meditate and have some self reflection.  Some seek church as a place to seek enlightenment.  I have  had my share of organized religion so I built my own place to have religious experiences.

This is a fully functioning outhouse.  The seat is made from a pulpit chair that used to belong to my grandfather, who was for his whole career, a United Church minister.  The Holy Shit House resides in North-Western Ontario, and is still in use on a regular basis.

Created by American artist Jonathan Armistead.
Also check out his glitter fountain installation, here.

5 thoughts on “Holy Shit House

    • “When I was small and would leaf through the Old Testament retold for children and illustrated in engravings by Gustave Dore, I saw the Lord God standing on a cloud. He was an old man with eyes, nose, and a long beard, and I would say to myself that if He had a mouth, He had to eat. And if He ate, He had intestines. But that always gave me a fright, because even though I come from a family that was not particularly religious, I felt the idea of a divine intestine to be sacrilegious.

      Spontaneously, without any theological training, I, a child, grasped the incompatibility of God and shit… Either/or: either man was created in God’s image– and God has intestines!– or God lacks intestines and man is not like him…

      Shit is a more onerous theological problem than is evil. Since God gave man freedom, we can, if need be, accept the idea that He is not responsible for man’s crimes. The responsibility for shit, however, rests entirely with Him, the Creator of man.”

      Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

      • God is a divine and spiritual being. He is not like man and so does not operate like man (including relieving Himself, he doesn’t; that is man’s territory…we are flesh and He is not). He created us in His image and this means: He has rationale & we have rationale, He is a spirit & we have a spirit to connect with Him if we let it (which we should, He has dominion over all things on Earth & He gave us dominion over all other creatures on Earth, He is holy and perfect & He made us holy and perfect (of course we aren’t anymore because of sin passing on to all humanity like genetics, but we eill be again one day; but even then only the righteous will be privy to new bodies). A lot of people do not know what is meant by “in His image”. Well, there it is. I study the Bible seriously and have conversed with others who do as well, so this is what it means.
        And God is HOLY, while fecal matter is obviously vile (I don’t have to use the word s*** to let people know what I mean or use it next to God’s name, which is disrespectful…you take a lot of liberties, I see). Despite fecal matter and the ability to relieve ourselves is natural and enabled by God so that we can cleanse ourselves, fecal matter is still vile (when was the last time anyone thought poop was clean??). Take God’s holiness seriously instead of fashioning God into who you would like for Him to be; that is idolatry and that is fashioning your own “god”.
        I am just being real. I have no time to pass along untruths to people. That wouldn’t help me nor anyone else.

      • And I should add: Everything I said in my reply applies to places God’s spirit dwells in (in this case churches). They are to be respected. People take too many liberties just to be creative; bypassing all respect. Wow. That’s all.

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