JOHN OF DAMASCUS


JOHN OF DAMASCUS
(675-749)
   an ARAB CHRISTIAN theologian and earliest Christian commentator on ISLAM. His work deeply influenced GREEK ORTHODOXY as well as Western theologians such as Thomas AQUINAS. He was a strong defender of ICONS and the use of IMAGES as aids to WORSHIP. His most important theological work was The Fount of Wisdom; his Tractate on Islam is the first CHRISTIAN APOLOGETIC against Islam.

Concise dictionary of Religion. 2012.

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