To look art an icon of Christ is to do far more than view an image
of a human life lived long ago. As Christians in the Orthodox
tradition have understood for nearly fifteen-hundred years, it is
to be brought into the presence of the one who radiates the light
and love of God. Such an encounter cannot leave the viewer
Drawing on this rich source of devotional theology, Archbishop
Rowan Williams shows readers of all Christian traditions how to
understand and interact with four classical icons depicting Jesus.
After providing an illuminating introduction to the role and value
of images in Christian worship and contemplation, Williams plumbs
the depths of iconic portraits of Christ's transfiguration, his
resurrection, Christ as a member of the eternal Trinity, and Christ
as judge of the world and ruler of all.
As readers learn to look prayerfully rather than analytically at
these icons, they will find themselves drawn into their energy and
action. Speaking a powerful word of challenge to many of our
contemporary concerns and anxieties, these classical works of
religious art invite viewers on a journey to discover all that is
to be found in the face of Jesus Christ.
Illustrated with lovely full-color art throughout, "The Dwelling
of the Light" will be a treasured source of spiritual inspiration
for both personal use and gift-giving.
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