Theology of the Body


The body is the only sign of who we are. That is why in canonical iconography God the Father is not depicted (because he cannot be imagined, which is to say imaged), and why the Son can (because he is the only image we can have of God’s relationship to us). In the halo above Jesus’ head in Orthodox icons we see the Greek words that mean “the existing one,” showing that he is at once the Lord who said to Moses, when asked his name, “I Am...

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About the Author

John Garvey is an Orthodox priest and columnist for Commonweal. His most recent book is Seeds of the Word: Orthodox Thinking on Other Religions.