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Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine$
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Carol Harrison

Print publication date: 1992

Print ISBN-13: 9780198263425

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198263425.001.0001

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(p.192) 5 Incarnation
Beauty and Revelation in the Thought of Saint Augustine


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This chapter examines the doctrine of incarnation, describing the crucified Christ, deformed in order to reform or make beautiful deformed or ugly man. It is Christ, in the union of his divinity and humanity, who defines and gives meaning to Augustine's ideas on beauty. His centrality cannot be overstated, nor can it be adequately expounded and illustrated. It stands at the hub of Augustine's thought and firmly holds together the diverse spokes of ideas leading off in different directions, forming them into a working and harmonious whole. By becoming man, Christ, who is divine truth, goodness, and beauty, enables man to perceive and to grasp these otherwise abstract ideas and principles, and leads him to their true centre and meaning in Himself, as God and as Trinity.

Keywords:   Christ, God as man, divine truth, Trinity, God's beauty

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