Christian Images Before Constantine

  Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (3 of 4)   This blog posting is a continuation of my earlier reviews of Father Steven Bigham’s book.  Chapter 1 & Chapter 2. In this posting I will be reviewing and interacting with Chapter 3: “The Early Christians and Images.” New Testament Evidence Bigham notes that the New Testament is totally silent with respect to Christian or non-idolatrous images (p. 81).  This silence can…

Early Jewish Attitudes Toward Images

Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (2 of 4) This blog posting is a continuation of an earlier review of Fr. Steven Bigham’s book.  In this posting I will be reviewing and interacting with Bigham’s arguments in Chapter 2. Chapter 2 examines early Jewish attitudes toward images.  This is important because modern Protestant iconoclasm assumes that the early Christians inherited from the Jews a hostile attitude towards images. …

Clearing the Way for Reformed-Orthodox Dialogue on Icons

  Book Review: Early Christian Attitudes toward Images by Steven Bigham (1 of 4) In recent years icons have become a matter of public debate among Protestants and Evangelicals, and Orthodox Christians.  Where in the past Protestants thought of icons as an Orthodox peculiarity or a quaint dispute quickly passed over in church history class, they are coming to grips with the fact that icons present a serious theological challenge to their…

Is There Really A Patristic Critique of Icons? – A Response to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth

  Dear Folks: On 30 April 2013, the Calvinist International posted Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s article “The Patristic Critique of Icons.”  Gabe Martini responded with a five part series on Orthodoxy & Heterodoxy. This issue is an important one because the church fathers comprise an important part of the Orthodox Tradition.  Pastor Wedgeworth challenges the Orthodox affirmation of veneration of icons with his assertion that the Reformers’ rejection of the veneration of icons…

Response No. 2 to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

Response to Pastor Steven Wedgeworth’s “What is Eastern Orthodoxy?” — Trinity Talk Interview No. 2 (16 November 2009) Trinity Talk, an Internet radio blog, did a three part series with Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the Eastern Orthodox Church.  The interviews took place on November 2, 16, and 30, 2009.  In this blog posting I will be  responding to Pastor Wedgeworth’s November 16 presentation.  This review will be structured along the lines of…

Response No. 1 to Steven Wedgeworth "What is Eastern Orthodoxy?"

 Pastor Steven Wedgeworth — Trinity Talk No. 1  (2 November 2009)   Trinity Talk, an Internet radio blog, did a three part series with Pastor Steven Wedgeworth on the Eastern Orthodox Church.  The interviews took place on November 2, 16, and 30, 2009.  Trinity Talk is a creedal podcast by Uri Brito and Jarrod Richey.  Wedgeworth is interim pastor of Immanuel Presbyterian Church (CREC) in Clinton, Mississippi. First time listeners should be…

March for Life & Great Tradition

  March For Life Monday Monday, January 23 is March for Life Monday.  It is an annual rally in protest of the US Supreme Court Roe vs. Wade decision which legalized abortion in America.  It began in 1974 with an estimated 20,000 in attendance.  Since then March for Life has grown in size over the years to over 200,000 in recent years. March for Life brings together people from the Roman Catholic, Protestant,…