Where has the custom of using very Western and sentimentalised images in the Coptic Church come from?
With such an ancient iconographic tradition it is rather disturbing to a convert such as myself to find that images which would even be rejected in the West have a surprising popularity.
When were such images introduced? Is there a sense that they are as incompatible with Orthodoxy as Protestant songs? There is such a beautiful modern tradition of Coptic iconography that it is hard to understand why these Western images are present everywhere?
What is the reason?