Christian theologians, apologists, and practitioners of the faith have long concerned themselves with the appropriate use and function of images and visual aids in the church. From analysis of scriptural texts regarding the second commandment banning graven images to the iconoclastic emphasis of John Calvin in his Institutes of the Christian Religion, the use of art and image throughout church history has remained in tension with concerns over idolatry and heresy. Nevertheless, the early church’s initial discussions of iconography could not have anticipated our current image-inundated culture.
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