Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Iconic Table Fellowship

Another 'icon' by Derek Powell

In his book, How (Not) To Speak of God, Peter Rollins reminds us that iconic God-talk..."unlike idolatry, which claims to make manifest the very essence of God, or the humanistic approach, which claims that God, if God exists, is utterly irrelevant, the iconic approach offers a different way of understanding. To treat something as an icon is to view particular words, images or experiences as aids in contemplation of that which cannot be reduced to words, images or experience. Not only this, but the icon represents a place where God touches humanity. Consequently, icons are not only the place where we contempate God; they also act as the place that God uses in order to communicate with us. "


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