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Iconologia e Teologia Política

Iconologia e Teologia Política

Luís Carneiro, “Iconologia e Teologia Política,” Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia 75, no. 3 (2019): 1499–1520,

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Iconologia e Teologia Política

Type Journal Article
Author Luís Carneiro
Rights © 2019 Aletheia - Associação Científica e Cultural | © 2019 Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
Volume 75
Issue 3
Pages 1499-1520
Publication Revista Portuguesa de Filosofia
ISSN 0870-5283
Date 2019
DOI 10.17990/RPF/2019_75_3_1499
Language Portuguese
Abstract In the following paper, the interconnection and relationship between theology and politics is studied in the context of the iconoclastic controversy of the 7th and 8th centuries in the Eastern Roman Empire. We start by observing the historical context of this polemic. Then, the patristic theology of icons is presented on the basis of Saint John Damascene’s classical apologetic treatises on the holy images. The several meanings of «image» are analyzed, with special focus on the equivalence between images and logoi and its presuppositions based on a theology of divine energies. Subsequently, we draw attention to the correlation between icon and oikonomia, as well as to the significant distinction between theology and economy. The theologico-political assumptions of the Eastern Roman Empire are analyzed, with a confrontation between the descriptive models of «caesaropapism» and «symphony of powers». The «economical» presuppositions of the Eastern Roman political theology are evidenced and contrasted with the political implications of a metaphysical approach to theology. Finally, we observe how the iconoclastic problematic migrated to the West in connection with the nascent doctrine of the Filioque and outline its consequences for the newly developing Franco-Latin civilization.
Date Added 27/10/2019, 19:52:52
Modified 27/10/2019, 20:02:16


  • political theology
  • caesaropapism,
  • filioque,
  • iconology,
  • oikonomia,


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