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Early Christian Attitudes Toward Images

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For all iconophiles, that is, those who accept the dogma of the Seventh Ecumenical Council, but especially the Orthodox who claim that the icon has a sacramental and mystical character, it is naturally disquieting to hear the claim that the early Christians were aniconic and iconophobic. If this claim is true, the theology and the veneration of the icon are seriously under ...more
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Published June 1st 2004 by Orthodox Research Institute
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David Withun
In Early Christian Attitudes toward Images, Fr. Steven slowly and meticulously picks apart the arguments put forward by modern scholars (most of them Protestants) in support of the hostility theory, carefully exposing the false assumptions, the deliberate misreadings, and the many internal contradictions. Perhaps one of the most important points that Fr. Steven makes in this book is that it is absurd and futile to try to find exact answers to 8th (and, later, 16th) century questions in the 1st-3 ...more
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