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Theological Aesthetics: God in Imagination, Beauty, and Art

Richard Viladesau


This book explores the role of aesthetic experience in our perception and understanding of the holy. The book's goal is to articulate a theology of revelation, examined in relation to three principal dimensions of the aesthetic realm: feeling and imagination; beauty (or taste); and the arts. The book concentrates on the theological significance of aesthetic data provided by each of the three major spheres of aesthetic perception and response. Throughout the work, the underlying question is how each of these spheres serves as a source of revelation. Although the book frames much of its argument ... More

Keywords: aesthetic experience, holy, aesthetic realm, revelation, feeling, imagination, beauty, the arts, Catholic theology, God

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1999 Print ISBN-13: 9780195126228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Viladesau, author
Fordham University
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