Steve Hays and I started discussing whether images of Jesus violate the 2d Commandment. He seems to argue that they do not (or at least, they don't always do this). I argue that they always violate it, since the very command is to not make an image of deity, rather than existing as a prohibition of using an image of deity inappropriately. My responses are getting too large for the comment boxes, so I just thought I would move it over here. Of course, this is the worst possible time for me to enter into a long discussion (and this discussion likely warrants something that would take more time than I am willing to give it right now), since I need to get all of my stuff into Princeton within three weeks, but Steve is a brilliant young philosopher, and I thought I would see if iron could sharpen iron here. As my time is allotted to other things, however, I may not be able to give it much more than I have already. At some point, I'd like to go through a literary study of the Gospel of John and note the primary argument John is making about how we access Christ in terms of the Sinai Theology of the OT as it is applied to NT revelation. So here is the first of our exchanges and then my latest response.