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1. The Tension Between Word And Image In Christianity

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By all accounts Christianity is considered a religion not just of the book but more especially of the word. The centrality of the divine Word as representative of all the possible words in Christianity to the point of epitomizing them, subsequently gives rise to various inferences regarding the question whether the logocentric emphasis of Christianity does not exclude a prominent role for other media. Among these alternative media visual images rank first, as it may well appear from this that they should be considered secondary to the Word. To bring out the tension between word and image as a central feat of Christian history, this chapter first reflects on the Protestant and the Catholic position on images, after which it draws some tentative conclusions as to the persistence of this tension and the possibility of solving it.

Keywords: Catholic; Christianity; divine word; image; logocentric; Protestant



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