3952. Years ago violent disputes and controversies erupted having to do with iconoclasm, but what the ideas people fought over back then is little known or thought about today, except perhaps in a Divinity School. But Iconoclasm, when properly understood, is just as important now as a thousand years ago, or so Diogenes Freen thought, and so he taught the students in his Bible Study Group.
3953. What was Diogenes doing in Russia, if he was an Iconoclast? Moscow was the last place an Iconoclast would want to set up shop, since the entire place is crawling with religious pictures and many of them are though to possess miraculous characteristics. That was the whole point; Diogenes wanted to begin his missionary work in the most difficult place possible.
3954. He had a vision of converting all of Russia and China to his own personal understanding of the teachings of Christ. Sometimes he would wake up in the morning and think to himself that he had now been in Russian for 15 years, and only partially converted about 7 or 8 elderly women, and if he calculated from that, how long his project was going to take he came up with a very unworkable amount of time.