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Aesthetics and Theological Insight

Philip Tallon

in The Poetics of Evil

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778935
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778935.003.0015
Aesthetics and Theological Insight

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This chapter examines some additional barriers to the fruitful use of aesthetics in theodicy: those arising from unhelpful ways of understanding aesthetics. After arguing against some prevalent problems within aesthetic theory, it offers an account of Christian aesthetics that draws on the work of Hans Urs von Balthasar and Frank Burch Brown, which allows for aesthetics to offer insight into theological tasks such as theodicy.

Keywords: Balthasar; von Balthasar; Burch Brown; Brown; aesthetics; theodicy; theological task; insight

Chapter.  18869 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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