Essay F(final) - Michael Noeske History 210 Essay F John of...

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Michael Noeske History 210 Essay F John of Damascus on Byzantine Authority The establishment of Christianity as a major religion caused many changes in the landscape of the medieval world. As Christianity continued to grow, develop, and spread throughout the world, the need for a cohesive doctrine became apparent. Many rulers, ecclesiastical or not, had very differing views on many points within the religion. One of the most noteworthy and infamous examples of this came over the controversy surrounding images, or icons. The iconoclasm controversy was centered on icons should be venerated or destroyed. Throughout most of the controversy a policy of iconoclasm existed, which enforced the destruction of icons. In response to the Byzantine policy of iconoclasm, the Christian monk, John of Damascus, published the three treatises, in response to iconoclasm and to support the veneration of icons. In these treatises, John takes care to specifically address and characterize the byzantine emperors. One of the first qualities of the emperors that John characterizes in them is their apparent hypocrisy. John characterizes this hypocrisy through several examples. John states that “You can respect an image of the emperor as the emperor in his stead, and it is improper to disrespect the image even though it is just wood.” This quote shows that the emperor allows the emperor first,
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Essay F(final) - Michael Noeske History 210 Essay F John of...

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