|Publication Date: 15 Nov 2018|
|Publisher: SPCK Publishing|
|Page Count: 272|
|Author: Anthony Thiselton|
|ISBN-13: 9780281078868, 9780281078875|
The Power of Pictures in Christian Thought
Part Two discusses visual representation in the Old Testament, the teaching of Jesus, pictures and analogies in Paul, and the Book of Revelation. This shows the range of authentic visual representations. In contrast to biblical material, we find throughout Christian history abundant examples of misleading imagery which is often passed off as Christian. A notorious example is found in the visual representation and metaphors used by Gnostic writers. Almost as bad are some visual representations used by the medieval mystics, Radical Reformers, and extreme charismatics – all of which lack valid criteria of interpretation, relying instead on subjective conviction. Similarly, sermons and prayers today can be enriched with pictorial images, but some can be misleading and unhelpful for the life of the Church.
Thiselton's genius lies in his extraordinary capacity to help us to see familiar issues afresh and deepen our sense of truth. Thiselton's method . . . is to guide the student or reader, giving him or her new vistas, insights and nourishment for the intellectual journey ahead.