- Jul 17, 2003
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Does anyone have a good reference work for the archaeological evidence of icon use by the early Christians? I've been debating some Baptists on the Baptistboard, trying to defend the veneration of icons against the charge of idolatry. The ones with whom I've been debating maintain that early Christians would have interpreted the Second Commandment in the same way as the Jews and would definitely not have bowed to any graven images. I tried to point out that there is some evidence of icons even in some synagogues (but I couldn't remember the details) and then I linked to the work of St. John of Damascus defending the holy images. Does anyone have anything more specific? Thanks.