Do Church Icons count as 'graven images'?

The Whole Church Podcast

Sep 20 2023 • 1 hr 9 mins

Dr Nathan Gilmour of the Christian Humanist Project joins our hosts, Joshua Noel and TJ (Tiberius Juan) Blackwell, to discuss the history of Iconoclasm in the Church! We ask Dr Gilmour about his experience with art, how the Church has historically thought about religious imagery, and how his humanist perspective influences his view of the arts.

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What is an example of iconoclasm? What is iconoclasm in Christianity? What is iconoclasm in simple terms? What is iconoclasm in theology? What is an example of religious imagery? What is religious imagery called? What is Christian art called? Does Christianity allow art? What is Protestant iconoclasm? Is protestantism Iconoclastic? Is iconoclasm Catholic or Protestant?

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In this episode, we will:

  • Discuss the history of religious imagery with the Catholic Church
  • Explore the protestant iconoclastic ideas
  • Debate the usefulness of art for Christian Worship
  • Explain why Christians disagree over imagery in worship

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