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Beauty and Sacred Art within the Devotional Life of the Church

By Fr. Myles Hixson

On September 12, 2020, Bp. Chad Jones led a one day retreat at Holy Cross Anglican Church. The question posed to him was, "Why is beauty and Christian art important?" The following two lectures are his responses.

In the first, he addresses the topic of beauty and why it matters as a theological and devotional category in the life of the Church.

In the second, he looks at Christian history and discusses the heresy of iconoclasm. He argues that part of being an orthodox, catholic Christian requires adherences to the Seventh Ecumenical Council, which includes acceptance of icons and images. 

At a time when Anglican orthodoxy is in question, we hope that this series of lectures will give clarity to at least one aspect of the historic faith: to be Christian is to have images. For without images one lacks a tangible witness to the incarnation. 

Fr. Myles Hixson is Rector of Holy Cross Anglican near Knoxville, TN.

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