There are many references in Scripture to things that were passed on verbally but not written down. (II Thess 2:15 – things passed on by mouth and letter, I Cor 11:2 – urged to maintain traditions passed on to them).4 This understanding of the idea of tradition permeates the content and technique of the making of icons as well as the ways they are to be treated. In the Orthodox Church, remaining the same is valued over change. While there has been change during the 2000 years of the church, it has come over long periods of time and has been validated widely by consensus of church leadership and adherence to the content of previously established tradition.
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