RELIGIOUS ART AND FALSE ADVERTISING
Are icons of Western saints and religious figures an example of false advertising?
In the Orthodox Church, icons depict the holy person deified, that is, united to God’s Uncreated Divine Energies. The use of gold in the icon’s background or halo illustrates the Light that God is (1 John), and in which the saint shares, even bodily, in deification, or theosis, or glorification.
Only problem is, Western Christianity doesn’t believe in Uncreated Divine Energy! So should they be copying Eastern iconography as just another art form?
One may pray that the use of icons in the West may help bring the Orthodox doctrine to Catholics and Protestants….