Friday, November 25, 2005

Recommendations Please...

I have a non-Orthodox (Presbyterian) poet friend who is working on a piece about icons and iconoclasts. He is trying to portray both the perspective of the iconoclasts and those who like icons...I think from the time period in which that was a raging debate. He has asked that I recommend some books that will help him to gain a better view of the Orthodox understanding of icons....why and how we use them, what they mean, et cetera. He is a researcher, and so he wants sources. Can anyone recommend for me books or excerpts from books, or possibly stories of saints, that will help him out (and that will also explain a bit of Othodox theology in a way he hasn't ever before)? I would be much obliged.

6 comments:

elizabeth said...

what about praying with icons by jim forest? and losskey's book? did opinksy [or something like this?? "o" something] there are some others too... that i do not have readily at hand right now... but that are good background... sorry about the last name mispellings!

MatJenny said...

ouspensky's theology of the icon vol 1 & 2 -- excellent read; classic source. He should use Orthodox sources; the art and church history muggles always miss the point of the whole thing, which is theological; ie it's not about worrying about idol worship but about the nature of IC XC, also there were some strong political motivations working too.

elizabeth said...

that's it! well... i kind of had it phonetically! [should be no surprise, since i thought that were *supposed* to be guessing on the grade 1 phonics work! if i got half of a work sheet right i thought it was doing great! [of course i still find this funny... which perhaps reveals my unique sense of humour ;) ]

matthew christopher davidson said...

Sacred Doorways, by Linette Martin, is an excellent work by an Anglican Orthodox-sympathizer (with a Phd. in Byzantine iconography).

As much as I agree with dear Jenny that non-Orthodox academics tend to peer through their spectacles at the whole matter, Martin really is great.

shannonparker said...

Archbishop Lazar's book
Iconostasis by Pavel Florensky
Likeness and Presence by Hans Belting

Matthew Francis said...

Hey there Biss,

Well, you're getting a pretty good bibliography here. I also might recommend Paul Evdokimov's "Theology of Beauty: The Art of the Icon."

This is a very good book, and constantly remembers the most important thing, as MatJenny said, that iconography are a branch of theology, not art... though there are art elements in their creation. But even that is profoundly theological!

Ouspensky and Lossky also wrote a book together called "The Meaning of Icons" which is quite good.