Dr. Matthew Milliner of Wheaton College discusses the proper role of icons in Christian faith, drawing parallels between current opinion of icons to the iconclast period of Byzantine Christianity. Dr. Milliner ultimately concludes that icons serve the important purpose of pointing toward the person of Christ, but that Christians must be sure not to seek Christ's actual presence in any image.
Dr. Matthew Milliner, a professor at Wheaton College, teaches across the range of art history, and his scholarly specialization is Byzantine and medieval art, with a focus on how such images inform contemporary visual culture. Dr. Milliner has published widely in both academic and popular venues, and has given scholarly presentations at University of Chicago, American University, Indiana University and Duke University. In 2014 he organized a scholarly symposium at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled "Envisioning the Eucharist," which explored how art functions as visual theology. He is a National Humanities Center Summer Institute for Advanced Study Fellow for 2013 and 2014, and he was recently appointed a member of the Curatorial Advisory Board of the United States Senate.