The Invisible God: The Earliest Christians on Art

Paperback | June 1, 1997

byPaul Corby Finney

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This revisionist study challenges the received opinion that in its earliest manifestations Christianity was a form of religiosity opposed both on principle and in fact to the use of pictures. Paul Corby Finney argues that the well-known absence of Christian pictures before A.D. 200 is due to acomplex interplay of social, economic, and political factors, and is not, as is commonly assumed, a result of an anti-image ideology. The book documents the origins of Christian art based on some of the oldest surviving Christian archaeological evidence, and it seeks to show how the Christianproducts conformed to the already-existing pagan types and models. This study will interest scholars and students in the fields of church history, ancient history, archaeology, art history, classics, and historical theology.

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'The Invisible God is an important book, a fresh and long-needed reexamination of a range of issues in early Christian art and a challenge...to a number of prevailing assumptions in the field. It deserves the attention of classicists, students of art, historians of late antiquity, and patristic scholars.'New England Classical Newslette...

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This revisionist study challenges the received opinion that in its earliest manifestations Christianity was a form of religiosity opposed both on principle and in fact to the use of pictures. Paul Corby Finney argues that the well-known absence of Christian pictures before A.D. 200 is due to acomplex interplay of social, economic, and ...

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'The Invisible God is an important book, a fresh and long-needed reexamination of a range of issues in early Christian art and a challenge...to a number of prevailing assumptions in the field. It deserves the attention of classicists, students of art, historians of late antiquity, and patristic scholars.'New England Classical Newslette...

Paul Corby Finney is at University of Missouri, St. Louis.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 9.21 × 6.1 × 0.79 inPublished:June 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195113810

ISBN - 13:9780195113815

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'The Invisible God is an important book, a fresh and long-needed reexamination of a range of issues in early Christian art and a challenge...to a number of prevailing assumptions in the field. It deserves the attention of classicists, students of art, historians of late antiquity, and patristic scholars.'New England Classical Newsletter and Journal

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"This book is both learned and ground-breaking....Finney's work is an important contribution to the study of early Christian art history."--Bible Review