Redeeming Beauty: Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics

Redeeming Beauty: Soundings in Sacral Aesthetics

by Aidan Nichols
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754658953

ISBN-13: 9780754658955

Pub. Date: 04/24/2007

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited

Redeeming Beauty explores the richness of orthodox Christian tradition, both Western and Eastern, in matters of 'sacral aesthetics' - a term used to denote the foundations, production and experience of religiously relevant beauty. Aidan Nichols investigates five principal themes: the foundation of beauty in the natural order through divine creative action;

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Overview

Redeeming Beauty explores the richness of orthodox Christian tradition, both Western and Eastern, in matters of 'sacral aesthetics' - a term used to denote the foundations, production and experience of religiously relevant beauty. Aidan Nichols investigates five principal themes: the foundation of beauty in the natural order through divine creative action; explicitly 'evangelical' beauty as a quality of biblical revelation and notably at its climax in Christ; the legitimacy of making and venerating artworks; qualities of the self in relation to objective presentation of the religiously beautiful; and the difficulties of practising a sacral aesthetic, whether as producer or consumer, in an epoch when the visual arts themselves have left behind not only Church but for the greater part the public as well. The thought of theologians such as Augustine, Aquinas, Balthasar, Ratzinger, Bulgakov, Maritain and others is explored.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754658955
Publisher:
Ashgate Publishing, Limited
Publication date:
04/24/2007
Series:
Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts Series
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
9.21(w) x 6.14(h) x 0.63(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Part 1 Foundations, in Creation and Grace: Aesthetics in Augustine and Aquinas; The origin and crisis of Christian art. Part 2 Twentieth Century Theologians of the Image: Hans Urs von Balthasar on art as redemptive beauty; Sergei Bulgakov on the art of the icon; Pope Benedict XVI on holy images. Part 3 The Difficulties of Practice: The French Dominicans and the journal L'Art Sacré; The English uses of Maritain's aesthetics: Eric Gill and David Jones. Conclusion: Christ and the muses; Index of names.

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