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Seraphim Hamilton is a great up and coming, young Orthodox Theologian with a good deal to say. You can catch some of his writings on the well known Orthodox, Ancient Faith website. Or his personal blog Apologia Pro Ortho Doxa.
Here is his critique of Bogomil Jarmulak line of arguementation against iconography. I put it here because there are some really good insights. Just goes to show once more how closely linked iconography and Christology really are.
So, within the Festschrift for James Jordan, Bogomil Jarmulak has a critique of the Orthodox use of iconography which I just briefly read through. Some thoughts:
Are we truly to believe that the point of this theme in John is that “nobody saw God until the person of Christ changed everything, and then Jesus left so we’re basically back to where we were before”? This strains credibility, but the most decisive refutation of this argument comes in 2 Corinthians 3:
(2 Corinthians 3:16-18) But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
Under the old covenant, the Israelites could not look on the glory of God- Moses had to veil his face so that they could not see. But now, under the new covenant, the Christian can see- because the Spirit lifts the Church to participation in the glory of God through the incarnate Christ. The most important element of this passage is that for Jarmulak, the replacement of Christ by the Spirit is the reason why we still cannot “see.” For St. Paul, by contrast, the Spirit is the very means by which we continue to “see the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” What, then, of Paul’s statement that we “walk by faith, not by sight?” What of Jesus’ blessing on those who believe without seeing? Faith precedes sight- this is why the Jews who saw Jesus standing before them and heard Him speaking to them had neither “heard his voice, nor seen His form.”
One more thing I want to point out about the Tabernacle. The only images of persons are found in the Holy of Holies, and the Holy of Holies is under strict lock and key throughout the old covenant. Only the High Priest can go in there once a year, and it’s completely dark, and His face is covered by an incense-cloud. As I noted above, the word for Holy of Holies is “Word.” So: the Holy of Holies became flesh and Tabernacled among us, and we have seen His Glory. That which was locked up in the old covenant has been unlocked in the new covenant. Personal images of those things in God’s Heaven were only permitted where God’s Heaven and Earth were actually linked- in the Holy of Holies. And no man could see or enter that place. Christ has built a ladder to heaven through His incarnation. The Heaven of Heavens and the Earth are now inextricably linked. The Holy of Holies is broken out, and that’s why we can make images of those things which are in Heaven.
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