The Iconoclastic Controversy Proposal TWO Pages - Trevena Hanna Bishops and Orthodoxy Research Paper Proposal on the topic of The Iconoclastic

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Trevena HannaBishops and OrthodoxyResearch Paper Proposal on the topic of:The Iconoclastic ControversyFrom Evolution to ResolutionThe use of religious imagery in Christian worship has been documented by archeologists to have started taking roots as far back as the end of the first century in areas ranging from the catacombs of Rome to the house churches in Syria and Palestine. This tradition evolved and continued uninterrupted for seven centuries till it came to a sudden and violent stop in the eighthcentury. This research will examine the religious and political factors that motivated Byzantine emperors and Bishops to reverse eight centuries of religious icon use in Churches and the dramatic restoration of icons in liturgical worship in the ninth century.To understand what lead to the imperial edicts to ban the use of religious icon in liturgicalworship, it is necessary to first understand how early Christian communities rationalized the use of icons in church decoration and worship services. The most important question to answer when studying the worship of the early Christian communities in various regions is: Did these early Christian groups see a conflict between depicting religious imagery from both Old and New Testament scenes and the prohibition found in Deuteronomy 5:8 against creating images

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