On February the 2nd I will be debating a Muslim scholar on the issue of Veneration of Images. The Old Testament, Ancient Judaism, and the Early Church, all testify to the usage of images and statues in worship. The great Father John of Damascus, in the 7th century, provided a masterful tour de force on Icons. But it is perhaps his desire to combat the heresy of Islam that stands out the best. He notes how the Muslims truly had no good answer to his arguments to prove their faith through the pedigree of ancient testimony.
If Islam got so much wrong, how can their apologia against images hold up, when even they admit that veneration of those deserving of honor is rightfully due? I look forward to my 2 hour dialogue with Musharraf. This will be our third debate , with perhaps more debates down the line.