Review: On the Holy Icons

On the Holy Icons
On the Holy Icons by St. Theodore the Studite

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a fascinating and fast read from a relatively little known, little discussed Father of the Church. In spite of St. Theodore’s relatively small reputation compared to some of the other Fathers, his work was of the utmost importance in his own time and continues to be important today. His arguments against the iconoclasts won the day for the iconodules of the Byzantine Empire and continue to have great force and weight against modern-day detractors of the great Christian artistic tradition. In addition, as the translator alluringly mentions in her introduction, St. Theodore’s ideas have a much wider application to aesthetics in a more general sense as well as the modern movement for ecology and sustainability. I recommend this book to anyone who desires to be exposed to a great and undervalued thinker of medieval Christianity.

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