Beauty in the Light of the Redemption
What importance is to be attributed to beauty in the life of a Christian?
What role should it play in the life of those who have been redeemed?
What is the relationship between redemption and beauty?
Did beauty lose its significance after the redemption?
These are some of the questions Dietrich von Hildebrand answers in this collection of essays, which introduces his philosophy of art, truth, and beauty.
Wherever anything makes Christ known, there nothing can be beautiful enough.Dietrich von Hildebrand
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In this little work, Hildebrand makes the case that “the right stance toward the world of beauty and art does not lie between the philistine and the aesthete; rather, it is essentially different from both.”
How so? And why does art matter? In its quality, Hildebrand explains, true beauty makes God known, announces God, and evens contains within it the summons to lift up our hearts by awakening within us awe and longing for God Himself.
Amanda AchtmanAmazon Review
An excellent introduction to the aesthetic reflections of a formidable philosopher and theologian in the Christian tradition. He explores distinctions within beauty, the approaches (right and wrong) to it, misconceptions about its place now that Christ has come, and more. Though it be small, it is mighty still. Take and read.
Kyle McManamyGoodreads Review
This little book is an excellent way to dip one’s toes into the world of Hildebrandian Phenomenology and, through his refreshingly clear prose, manages to tease out major themes that he will greatly expand on in major works such as Ethics and his two-volume works on Aesthetics (of which the introduction to the first volume is included). Overall, this is a highly recommended work!
Timothy B. JaegerGoodreads Review
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