How can Church Icons save lives? - The Whole Church Podcast

Episode 200

How can Church Icons save lives?

Fr Jonathan Resmini joins us to discuss his history with icons and film, how the Orthodox Christian tradition uses art in worship, and where they draw the line for second commandment violations! Hosts Joshua Noel and TJ (Tiberius Juan) Blackwell ask Father Jonathan about the power of beauty, the language of icons, and more!


What do the icons mean in Orthodox? Who are the icons of the Orthodox Church? Is venerating icons idolatry? Are icons allowed in Orthodox Church? What is the meaning of the Pantocrator icon? What are the icons in the monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai? Does the Orthodox Church allow statues? Why did the Orthodox Church have icons instead of statues?


In this episode we will:

  • Discuss how a Church Icon saved Fr Jonathan's life
  • Explore the power of film
  • Deconstruct how the Orthodox Church uses icons in worship
  • Learn about the distinctions the Orthodox traditions make between statues and icons


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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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