Introduction So far we have not found a straightforward answer to the question as to whether there is anything that can prevent the iconicity of the poor being turned into an idolatry. Emmanuel Levinas helped me to argue that the poor can be viewed as the other who challenges the liberation theologian. is alterity of the poor is at least one reason for the various attempts to dene or describe the poor and the poverty to which they are subject. In addition, the clarity and precision oered by JeanLuc Marion gave me a new way to speak about liberation theology. He helped to show how language and concepts can become themselves idolatrous or, as liberation theology would hope when it talks of the poor, remain or become iconic.