Thursday, January 19, 2017

Thursday Thoughts - January 19

A few rough reflections on the biblical text’s prohibition of making images. First, I think this ban is in the text because God already has an image represented by humanity on the earth. We are the corporeal images of the incorporeal God. Humans image God. Second, there is a risk in image making that we will defy both God and humanity by the worship of images. Yet it seems to me that the problem is not with image making per se. Why? Creativity and imagination are part of being human and imaging God and therefore making images can’t be necessarily wrong. As I see it, this thorny issue concerns the who, the what, and the why of image making. That is, an image can be fitting and appropriate if it’s not out to place a who above God, to install a what in exchange for God, or to set up a why that rejects God. The making of images can be an fascinating augmentation of reality, and thus as long as the image is not misplaced in its value or virtue, there should be, potentially at least, no problem with the validity of images.