Christian Symbolism And Art Were Of High Importance Between 300

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Christian symbolism and art were of high importance between 300 c.a. and 600 C.E. People believed that they were leaving their mark on the outside world through these symbols and pieces of art. They also thought that through these symbols and analogies, they would be able to better relate biblical matters to those that did not follow Christ. There were several icons that were used everywhere throughout the world, but then a vital discrepancy appeared. There was a huge conflict between the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church. While both the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church brought up valid points, the Eastern Orthodox Church had a stronger argument. Before looking at the dispute over icons, one must first look at the preceding events. In 337 a.d. Constantine developed Constantinople and ruled over this location (Whittow, pg. 97). However; he couldn’t handle it and controversy between his people arouse and the church split. The East became known as the Eastern Orthodox Church and the West became known as the Roman Catholic Church (Maus, pg. 145). From here, everything went downhill. When the Great Schism took place, the East and West fought over many things with icons being one of them. The Eastern Orthodox Church believed that icons should have been ban. However, the Roman Catholic Church thought that icons should be used all of the time. Throughout this controversy, the two groups were identified as iconophiles and iconoclasts…

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