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What was the iconoclast controversy about?

Trakakis, Nick 2004, What was the iconoclast controversy about?, Theandros : an online journal of Orthodox Christian theology and philosophy, vol. 2, no. 2, Winter, pp. 1-7.

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Title What was the iconoclast controversy about?
Author(s) Trakakis, Nick
Journal name Theandros : an online journal of Orthodox Christian theology and philosophy
Volume number 2
Issue number 2
Season Winter
Start page 1
End page 7
Publisher [Theandros]
Place of publication [U.S.A.]
Publication date 2004
ISSN 1555-936X
Summary Byzantine society of the eighth and ninth centuries experienced a vigorous and often violent dispute over the status of holy icons. 'Iconoclasts' were deeply suspicious of any pictorial representations of Christ, the Mother of God, and the saints, and they therefore unleashed a wave of persecution against the use of religious images, while 'iconophiles' fiercely defended the veneration of icons as an integral element of the life of the church. The extent and magnitude of this controversy indicates that it was more than a mere dispute over competing conceptions of religious art. A number of deeper issues and concerns were at play, and in this paper I seek to uncover some of these underlying concerns and hidden agendas. In particular, I argue that the opposing factions in the iconoclast crisis were, at bottom, concerned with issues relating to salvation, power, idolatry, tradition, and access to the divine.
Language eng
Field of Research 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30022094

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of International and Political Studies
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