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Discussion in 'Orthodox Christian DIR' started by xkatz, Nov 20, 2016.

  1. xkatz

    xkatz Well-Known Member

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    Ask me anything about the faith.
     
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  2. Sunstone

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    How do icons function to promote the faith? Is there any difference between an icon and a simple painting when it comes to promoting the faith?
     
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    Icons are seen as 'Windows into Heaven' and at the top of the dome of Orthodox Churches are paintings of saints and angels also, which is supposed to be like looking into heaven too. Sort of like a point of contact between the Divine and the Human. There are also rules governing what an icon painting should look like, i.e, they are not supposed to look too realistic, can only depict canonised saints and angels, etc.

    At @xkatz are you Oriental or Eastern?
     
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    Pretty much what @Rival said but I would also like to mention that in a sense, icons are not considered painted. Icons are 'written' not 'painted'.

    Eastern. HBU?
     
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  5. Rival

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    Eastern :)
     
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