Joel Wentz

contending for thoughtful Christianity

Church History Highlight: John of Damascus

A frequently-overlooked controversy raged in the early church: the question of using images in worship. Why would this be a concern? Why would scholars, emperors, and early theologians bother talking about it? Join me for an overview of the issue, as well as a conversation about the man who played a significant role in shaping its resolution, impacting even our worship practices to this day.

NOTE: Several times in this episode, I refer to the Byzantine Pope Leo III, but he was actually the Byzantine EMPEROR, not a pope. I apologize for the confusion.