In Defense of Praying with Images

American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (4):595-612 (2007)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

The paper argues for a notion of religion that is based on a strong human sense for symbols. Symbols are the natural milieu for religion. I distinguish symbolsfrom signs through the fact that the symbol brings together the elements kept separate in the sign. A symbol does contain something of the force of the realitywhich it represents. With this approach we can look at fides quaerens intellectum in a new light. Moreover, religious images and icons can gain from understanding religion as a symbolic practice. The paper argues that the theological debate on the religious value of icons should not be focused on the tension between the visibility and the invisibility of the divine. Against Marion I argue that touching, rather than seeing, is the core of religious images. People kiss and caress icons. Examples from ordinary life are adduced to illustrate this understanding.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 76,442

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

In defense of praying with images.Paul Moyaert - 2007 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 81 (4):595-612.
Touching God in his Image.Paul Moyaert - 2015 - Heythrop Journal 56 (2):192-202.
Nanotechnological Icons.Alexei Grinbaum - 2011 - NanoEthics 5 (2):195-202.
Al-Farabi’s Images.Katharine Loevy - 2016 - Epoché: A Journal for the History of Philosophy 21 (1):67-84.
Images and Symbols in Ancient and Modern Sport.Raphael Massarelli & Thierry Terret - 2012 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 6 (3):376-392.
The Semiotics of Learning New Words.Winfried Nöth - 2014 - Journal of Philosophy of Education 48 (3):446-456.
Is It Me or My Brain? Depression and Neuroscientific Facts.Joseph Dumit - 2003 - Journal of Medical Humanities 24 (1/2):35-47.

Analytics

Added to PP
2017-02-15

Downloads
7 (#1,045,815)

6 months
1 (#454,876)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

Longing in the flesh: a phenomenological account of icon veneration.Stephanie Rumpza - 2020 - International Journal of Philosophy and Theology 81 (5):466-484.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references