Review: On the Divine Images

On the Divine Images
On the Divine Images by St. John of Damascus

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

St. John’s text is the original, classic defense of the Holy Icons against their detractors. Given the popularity of the iconoclastic position among certain Christian groups today, his work remains as relevant as ever in its pertinence to the topics St. John directly writes upon. In the modern world, though, St. John’s discussion has a much wider relevance than he perhaps originally intended. For instance, his treatments of the importance of a sacramental understanding of the world, of the omnipresence of God even within the created world, and of the place of matter as a conduit of grace are of great relevance to a world concerned with developing a sound philosophical basis for ecological action. I recommend this book to anyone interested in understanding the traditional Christian worldview and its continuing relevance in the modern world.

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