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The Beautiful and the Good

Richard Viladesau

in Theological Aesthetics

Published in print September 1999 | ISBN: 9780195126228
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853496 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195126228.003.0006
The Beautiful and the Good

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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

Chapter.  17058 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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