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6. Idolatry And The Mirror: Iconoclasm As A Prerequisite For Inter-Human Relations

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By delving into the Biblical roots of the prohibition of idolatry, curious contradiction can be discovered in the concept of idolatry. The deification of man constitutes the essence of idolatry while at the same time only man is created in the image of God. The idea of an asymmetry between ourselves and the other allowed us to distinguish between both. The image of God, author recognizes in encountering the other, not by viewing himself, as it were in the mirror. This chapter delves into the Biblical roots of the prohibition of idolatry and then discusses the concept of holiness as applied to man. How can this concept be distinguished from idolatry as such? The idea of an asymmetry between ourselves and the other leads us to ethical consequences. Denying that asymmetry, as an egalitarian philosophy does, might in itself be compromised by idolatry.

Keywords: biblical roots; holiness; iconoclasm; image of God; interhuman relations; prohibition of idolatry

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