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Theological AestheticsGod in Imagination, Beauty, and Art$
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Richard Viladesau

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780195126228

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126228.001.0001

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God and the Beautiful: Beauty as a Way to God

God and the Beautiful: Beauty as a Way to God

(p.103) Chapter 4 God and the Beautiful: Beauty as a Way to God
Theological Aesthetics

Richard Viladesau (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The previous chapter engaged in theological aesthetics in the first sense of the term: the epistemology of perception of the transcendent. This chapter pursues the second sense: theological aesthetics as the consideration of beauty and of art in relation to the divine. It explores the connection of beauty with “natural theology.” It examines the possibility of seeing the beautiful as a “way” to God through a process parallel to the “transcendental” arguments of Rahner and Lonergan: God as the “condition of possibility” not only of thought and love, but also of the apprehension of beauty. The “proofs” for God are relevant to a theology of revelation because they attempt to discern its primary condition of possibility: the structure of mind insofar as it is implicitly capable of knowing infinite being and can hence assign meaning to the term God and can affirm, if not the reality, at least the debatability of its referent.

Keywords:   theological aesthetics, God, beauty, art, divine, revelation

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