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Spirit And Beauty

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Many Christian theologians have associated beauty, both in nature and art, with the Holy Spirit. They include early Fathers like St Irenaeus and St Clement of Alexandria, as well as later writers like Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Sergius Bulgakov and Hans Urs von Balthasar. This text investigates what they said and why. In doing so, it also serves as an introduction to the whole area of theological aesthetics. Besides exploring the connection between the Holy Spirit and beauty, it ranges more widely by considering ...

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Overview

Many Christian theologians have associated beauty, both in nature and art, with the Holy Spirit. They include early Fathers like St Irenaeus and St Clement of Alexandria, as well as later writers like Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Sergius Bulgakov and Hans Urs von Balthasar. This text investigates what they said and why. In doing so, it also serves as an introduction to the whole area of theological aesthetics. Besides exploring the connection between the Holy Spirit and beauty, it ranges more widely by considering topics such as divine glory, inspiration and the eschatological character of beauty. Its discussions bring together two areas of lively interest in contemporary Christianity: the theology of the Holy Spirit and theological aesthetics.

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'A rich and fascinating exploration of the connection between beauty and the Holy Spirit.' Theology; 'A little masterpiece....' Modern Theology; 'A fine and careful book for scholars and students.' Theological Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780334028659
  • Publisher: SCM Press Limited
  • Publication date: 6/17/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 194
  • Sales rank: 983,738
  • Product dimensions: 0.41 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 8.50 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: The Holy Spirit and Aesthetics 1
A Glance at History 4
The Dog that didn't Bark 17
Some Modern Problems 21
2 Types of Beauty 28
The Variety of Beauty 29
Beauty and Analogy 36
Some Other Aesthetic Concepts 40
Objectivity and Standards 43
The Moral and Religious Significance of Beauty 49
3 God's Beauty 53
God's Beauty: The Sources 55
Reasons for Ascribing Beauty to God 62
The One God and the Trinity 71
4 The Holy Spirit in the Trinity 77
The Holy Spirit and Beauty 78
Trinitarian Approaches 82
East versus West 90
5 Inspiration and Imagination 100
The Nature of Inspiration 101
Widening the Concept 106
Imagination and Inspiration 109
Inspiration and Explanation 114
6 Reflections of Divine Beauty 121
Reflections, Likenesses, and Other Relations 122
Likeness to God 128
A Minimal Solution 137
7 Anticipating the Final Transfiguration of Things 142
The Holy Spirit, Transfiguration, and Glory 144
Beauty and Sanctity as First-Fruits 150
The Life to Come 154
8 Conclusion 160
Retrospect 161
Openness to the Spirit 164
9 Postscript [2002] 167
Select Bibliography 175
Index 180
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