Iconoclastic Pros And Cons

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Iconoclastic Controversy We today associate the term “Icon” with a lot of different objects and things in today’s time. We use the term to associate with someone who one might look up to, such as a famous musician or influential figure. We as a society also use the term to represent famous well-known software symbols. We can associate the term with those meanings, but the factual, original meaning of the word comes from the Greek language meaning “image” or “painting.” This was during the medieval era, meaning that religious images were used on wooden panels used for prayers and devotions. Over the years, there have been many disputes and arguments that have caused social, political, and cultural impacts, but no controversy impacted a society more than the Iconoclastic Controversy.
During a time of marked Iconoclasm, there were two sides to the Iconoclastic controversy.
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Initiating the second Council of Nicea in 787, which stated that at the time the appreciation of icons was affirmed, although the actual worship of icons was expressly forbidden. The doctrine of Incarnation states, “Because God the son, (Jesus Christ) took on flesh, having a physical appearance, it is now possible to use physical matter to depict God the son and represent the saints.” (Orthodox Wiki).
In conclusion, the Iconoclastic Controversy was a controversy that ultimately shaped a culture within religion and the control the authority people of this time had over religion. The Iconoclastic Controversy could make one think of the importance of religious icons to the people. The controversy also makes me see that the people were very spiritual, as well as the importance of the church. The iconoclastic controversy has not only shaped the way religion was practiced and expressed during this specific time, but it also determined the strengths that the people were willing to show regarding their

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