1. Fr. Bigham — what’s the source/history of the icon of creation you included at the beginning of this post? It’s beautiful.

    1. Hello Mi Parker,
      Finally, I can answer somewhat your question about the image at the beginning of my article. Andrew Gould found this information and passed it on to me. I pass it on to you.
      Have a nice day.

      1. “Christ creating the sun, moon and stars on the fourth day. Fresco detail, Suchevitsa Monastery, Romania.”

  2. Christian Luca (chrisnamastephys11)

    A beautiful post and series on the role of the icon in the ongoing dialogue between religion and science! Thank you Fr. Bigham! Truly enjoyed it, indeed!

  3. Interesting article, and I like much about the notion of icon as interpretation. Nietzsche said there are no facts, only interpretations. If so, then, all we have are icons and myths.

    The article also underscores an imbalance, as evidenced by its length and denseness (aka, much info, not dumb info, lol!) I think all too much is made of the Book in a misguided way.

    The Bible and most sacred writings are seen authoritative by those who believe them, but they aren’t demonstrably more than a records/interpretations. Their authority, if any, derives from the authority we attribute to them. But we attribute authority to them because we believe they in some sense command authority.

    Therein lies the circularity of thought that is the kernel of the insanities thought, spoken, and committed in the name of religious organizations as agents of divine authority on earth, from Crusades to Inquisitions to caste systems to thousands of years of infanticide, as well as the essence of the irrationality most seem to think is called “faith.”

    1. It is too bad your comment had to go from an interesting notion of how humans interact with their stories by being both the origin and the recipient of their narratives, to the usual invective towards religion as the cause of “irrationality”. In order to have more than the usual bland one sided attack, one needs to see how the authority of a “tradition” can at once cause the Crusades while simultaneously giving a Francis of Assisi, just as one must see that the narratives of “rationality” have caused both modern technology and Social Darwinism. Remember, “there are no facts, only interpretations”… all we have are myths.

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