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Augustine and the Image (Again)

This is an addendum to a recent post on Augustine and the adoration of the image. Though such adoration can look from the outside like pious worship, Augustine, following the Apostle Paul’s reasoning in the first chapter of Romans, unmasks it as an evidence of ingratitude toward God in City of God 14.28: And therefore the […]

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Authors Eric Parker Reformed Irenicism

What Is Calvin’s Take on Images of Jesus?

Unless I am missing something quite obvious, which is possible, the question of whether images of Jesus violate the second commandment does not receive a clear and definitive answer in Calvin’s major works. In his Institutes (I.11) he fails to explicitly mention images of Jesus. He only refers to images of “God” or the adoration of created […]

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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine

Augustine the Iconoclast?

I’ve posted briefly before on images and iconoclasm (for instance: here, on Eusebius; here, on Greek aniconism; here, on the smashing of images of Constantine). The passage below is from Augustine’s De fide et symbolo (“On Faith and the Creed”), delivered to bishops at a council in Hippo in October of 393. In this section, Augustine […]

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Archive E.J. Hutchinson Early Church Fathers Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism

Augustine and Varro on Aniconic Worship

The Second Commandment famously declares that God is not to be worshiped by images. In Book 4 of City of God, Augustine remarks that Varro came very close to the truth of things (under compulison from “the secret will of God), and knew of Jewish practice in this area; but traditional Roman practice was too far […]