Faith and Beauty: A Theological Aesthetic

Faith and Beauty: A Theological Aesthetic

by Edward Farley
     
 

""Aesthetics" and "theological aesthetics" usually imply a focus on questions about the arts and how faith or religion relates to the arts; only the final pages of this work take up that problem. The central theme of this book is that of beauty. Farley employs a new typology of western texts on beauty and a theological analysis of the image of God and redemption to… See more details below

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""Aesthetics" and "theological aesthetics" usually imply a focus on questions about the arts and how faith or religion relates to the arts; only the final pages of this work take up that problem. The central theme of this book is that of beauty. Farley employs a new typology of western texts on beauty and a theological analysis of the image of God and redemption to counter the centuries-long tendency to ignore or marginalize beauty and the aesthetic as part of the life of faith." Studying the interpretation of beauty in ancient Greece, eighteenth-century England, the work of Jonathan Edwards, and nineteenth and twentieth-century philosophies of human self-transcendence, the author explores whether Christian existence, the life of faith, and the ethical exclude or require an aesthetic dimension in the sense of beauty. The work will be of particular interest to those interested in Christian theology, ethics, and religion and the arts.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754604549
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
01/01/2002
Series:
Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.73(w) x 9.29(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Prefacevii
1Beauty as the Beast: Traditional and Postmodern Expressions1
Beauty and the Postmodern2
Beauty as the Beast in Christian Traditions6
Hebraic and Christian Iconoclasms8
2Beauty as Being: The Irrepressible Character of Beauty15
The 'Great Theory of Beauty'17
The Olympian Cosmogonies17
The Platonic Tradition19
The Great Theory in the Middle Ages20
The Process Transmutation of the Great Theory of Beauty23
Beauty as Being26
3Beauty as Sensibility31
Precursors of the Eighteenth-century Turn32
The New Problematic of Beauty in the Eighteenth Century33
The Psychological Relocation of Beauty34
The Problem of Taste35
The Sublime36
Legacies and Ambiguities38
4Beauty as Benevolence43
Primary and Secondary Beauty44
Beauty as Community45
Beauty and God46
The Problem of Objectivity47
Beauty and Self-transcendence48
5Beauty in Human Self-transcendence51
Human Self-transcendence without Beauty52
Self-transcendence as Passionate Subjectivity52
Self-transcendence as Intentional Meaning54
Self-transcendence as Radical Responsibility55
The Aesthetic Aspect of Self-transcendence57
Beauty as a Transcendental Condition of Experience57
Beyond Self-preoccupation through Beauty59
The Beauty of the Graceful Body62
Summary64
6Paths to Beauty in Twentieth-century Theology67
Anti-Aesthetic Protestant Approaches to Beauty68
Twentieth-century Catholic Theologies of Beauty74
7The Beauty of Human Redemption83
The Image of God as Self-transcendence85
Formal and Ethical Self-transcendence86
The Image of God as Potentiality and Actuality87
The Imago Dei as Beautiful88
The Despoiled Image89
The Beauty of Redemptive Remaking93
Redemptive Self-transcendence93
Surmounting the Dichotomy of the Ethical and the Aesthetic94
Faith's Aesthetic Sensibilities96
8Beauty, Pathos and Joy101
Beauty and Pathos101
Joy: Beyond the Dichotomy of Rigorism and Satisfaction103
Faith without Beauty107
Arts in the Life of Faith110
Synopsis117
Aesthetics117
Beauty117
The Western Story of Beauty118
Theological Aesthetics and Redemptive Transformation119
Index121

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