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seeks to avoid the shadow of the Second Council of Nicaea, stating that no fourth-century theologian--neither Augustine nor Dionysius the Areopagite--would allow for the veneration of images (149, 187).
Garnett and Rosser have no hesitation in admitting that 'the religious veneration of images remains a difficult subject to communicate or even to broach in polite society.
Also, for both Hinduism and Eastern Christianity, the veneration of images is perhaps the most ubiquitous practice of piety, as the faithful have these images in their homes and also frequent either temples or churches to see and pray to/though them.