Nature: Iconoclasm is a form of vandalism aimed at the destruction of sacred images and perpetrated because of religious or political conflict.
Incidence: A recent example of iconoclasm is the destruction by bombing of the Borobudur temple in Indonesia, the world's largest Buddhist shrine, in January 1985. It is thought to have been perpetrated by Muslim extremists.
Counter Claim: Iconoclasm, while at times extreme, is largely a reaction to the worship of images. In the eighth century, for example people chose icons, not people, as godparents for their children and images were ground, mixed with water and drunk as magic medicines. In an age committed to secularism, as ours is, it is difficult to the perceive the danger not only to the social order, but to the individuals involved that worship of idols represents. This practise was perceived as threatening to fragment society into warring factions. It was also seen as condemning the worshippers to a existence far worse than death.
Problem Type: F: Fuzzy exceptional problems
Date of last update 30.06.2018 – 10:11 CEST