Chapter

The Place of Encounter

David Brown

in God and Enchantment of Place

Published in print October 2004 | ISBN: 9780199271986
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602801 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199271984.003.0003
The Place of Encounter

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One major tension in understanding how God is experienced through the material, is whether it is seen as a matter of God drawing us into another reality (transcendence) or himself invading ours (immanence). Because Renaissance immanence is now so commonly attacked as most superficially religious, an extended defence is offered. By contrast, the transcendence of icons is often accepted uncritically in the West, and so here an extended critique is given. In addition the influence of Platonism on both Orthodoxy and the Renaissance is explored in some detail, to illustrate how the same system can pull in quite different directions. The conclusion is that, where only one aspect is asserted, there tend to be compensatory pulls elsewhere (e.g. through accompanying architecture or ritual).

Keywords: icons; Renaissance painting; transcendence; immanence; Platonism; Orthodoxy

Chapter.  20827 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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