Are icons instructive or honorary? - The Whole Church Podcast

Episode 199

Are icons instructive or honorary?

Rev Kelly O'Sullivan, of the Anglican Church, joins Joshua Noel to discuss how art is used in his tradition! They discuss why Kelly was drawn to a more high liturgical tradition, why some think of art as idol worship, and how it can be instructive without being distracting!


How is Anglican different from Catholic? What is the Anglican symbol? What are Anglican beliefs? What is a compass rose? What direction does compass rose show? What is the mission of Anglican? Why is art important in worship? How do Christians use art in worship? Are icons OK in Christianity? What is the Christian theology of icons?


In this episode, we will:

  • Explore the arts portrayed in Anglican churches
  • Discuss the legitimacy of icons for instructive purposes
  • Deconstruct the Compass Rose and its implications on missions and colonization
  • Learn how a higher liturgical service can entice a sense of awe in believers


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Joshua Noel

I am from Knoxville, TN. Grew up in Florida and Charlotte, NC. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Biblical Studies, am preparing to attend Law School at the University of South Carolina, have co-hosted "The Whole Church Podcast" with my best friend TJ Blackwell for four years, and I have been involved in local ministries for 15 years now. I'm pretty huge into hermeneutics, U.S. Constitutional Law, and Biblical theology, and my favorite TV show is "Doctor Who".

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TJ Blackwell

TJ was born and now lives. He now co-hosts The Whole Church podcast

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