The Gracious Nature of Beauty

Modernity’s insistence upon the quantifiable and its suspicion of anything that existentially intrudes upon the clean lines it believes are150953349 necessary to achieve the life well–lived is unsettled by the beautiful; it strikes a challenge to the utilitarian nature of the secular. Beauty is an affront to the natural recoil that is experienced when one is confronted by beauty amidst tragedy and like modernity’s rejection of the very idea of a loving God in the face of evil, beauty is rejected as a brutal and empty promise placed upon the wounds that experience in the world inflicts upon the soul. (more…)

Original Peace

…the Christian infinite belongs to an ontology of original and ultimate peace, and as a consequence allows a construal of beauty and peace inconceivable in terms of the ontology that Christian thought encountered first in various schools of pagan metaphysics, and encounters again in the thought of Nietzsche and his heirs.”

~ David Bentley HartThe Beauty of the Infinite