History of Icons in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church and its Present Development

The history of Icons in the context of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church must be understood within the framework of a theological and historical perspective. Theological in that we as a Church have a definitive standpoint on Icons; and that theology has be shaped by various historical developments within the history of Malankara. This session will attempt to explore the development of Icons in the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church, specifically; but will further explore the influence of other Orthodox Christian traditions and their contribution to that development. In addition, we want to also explore how this development is on going; that is, that we are current living in a time where we see the adaptation of different iconographic “traditions” molding itself visually into the churches here in America and India.