Truth and Beauty

Mitchell Silver

in A Plausible God

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print November 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226818
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236565 | DOI:
Truth and Beauty

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This chapter discusses religious truth, relativism, pluralism, and the beauty of the good. The chapter argues that the major aesthetic advantage that nontheism has is the diversity of aesthetic visions. The secularist can use the same vocabulary to tell tales with radically different flavors and morals. Although the theists' stories may have digressions of many different colors, the character of God will dominate the narrative, and the same God will always result in the same story. While for those who believe in God, the most aesthetically satisfying story that can be told about themselves and the universe is a tale of universal homecoming. The chapter concludes that largest of all religious divides, that between those who believe in God and those who do not, suggests a common social vision. It is a vision of free men and women finding what meanings they will in the common life that makes their freedom possible.

Keywords: truth; relativism; pluralism; beauty; freedom; secularism; aesthetic visions

Chapter.  2893 words. 

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies

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