Edwards and Beauty

Sang Hyun Lee

in Understanding Jonathan Edwards

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780195373431
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199871681 | DOI:
Edwards and Beauty

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The chapter argues that for Edwards, beauty is proportion or consent, and God’s consent or love within God’s own internal being is the highest and true beauty. God created the world in order to repeat God’s internal beauty in time and space. The sanctified human mind’s imaginative activity of ordering beautiful sense ideas in a beautiful relation, and the mind’s delight in that beautiful relation, together constitute the mind’s knowing and loving of beauty, or what Edwards calls the “sense of the heart.” In and through the saints’ knowing and loving God’s beauty and the beauty of other beings in relation to it, God’s internal being is repeated in time and space, and God’s beauty enlarged and extended.

Keywords: beauty; aesthetics; imagination; God’s enlargement

Chapter.  6010 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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