St. John of Damascus was an Arab Christian
monk and priest who lived from late 600 to late 700 C.E.
He was a man of many talents, and did work in the fields
of music, theology, law, and philosophy. This collection
of his works includes three sermons he wrote and preached
on icons in the church. The Iconoclastic Controversy
(where some church members believed icons had become
idols and should be removed from worship) came to a head
in the eighth century, and St. John defended the use of
icons in worship. This volume also includes three sermons St. John
preached on the Assumption - the Catholic doctrine of Mary being taken
up to heaven. St. John's sermons are a revealing look into the icon
controversy and the Assumption doctrine. Those interested in these
ancient debates will enjoy his historical perspective.