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2. The Dialectics Of The Icon: A Reference To God?

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Religions have constructed a world of symbols and signs, icons and idols in order to refer to or to participate in what, with various names, has been called the divine, the sacred, the holy, summarized as religious experience. Even more striking are iconographic 'portraits' of the invisible God in Christian pictorial art from late medieval times onward, on the basis of apocalyptic vision scenes in the Bible like those in the Book of Daniel and John's Revelation. The real iconoclash is about the concerns and references of our prayer-life. The clash of religions as part of clash of civilisations cannot be overcome by stressing tolerance and freedom of religion and convictions alone, but only by joining hands and hearts in common adoration and intercession before a merciful and non-violent God of whom the well-doers of human history are the real icons set before us as our guides into life everlasting.

Keywords: book of Daniel; Christian; freedom of religion; God; Icon; iconoclash; iconographic; intercession; John's revelation



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