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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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The Beautiful and the Good

The Beautiful and the Good

(p.183) Chapter 6 The Beautiful and the Good
Theological Aesthetics

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The concern in Chapters 3–5 centered on the positive side of the relation of the transcendent to human imagination, the beautiful, and the arts. Chapter 2 showed that Christian theology from early on frequently found itself on uneasy terms with the realm of imagination. Iconoclasm was the epitome of the effort to protect the transcendence of God and God's self-revelation from the dangers of human projection and “idolatry.” This chapter turns its attention to a “dialectical” consideration in which our concerns overlap those of a more properly “systematic” theology. It first examines the negative aspects of the relationship we have been exploring, and then attempts a theological understanding of the way in which feeling, art, and beauty may be transformed in the light of Christian revelation.

Keywords:   Christian revelation, theological aesthetics, imagination, transcendence, God, idolatry, feeling, beauty, art, systematic theology

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