Monday 9 April 2007

A metaphysics of beauty

“[I]f beauty eternally generates being, and if beauty impregnates being, then being is the eternal image or reflection of beauty. In this case, the relation between beauty and being might be called a mediated immediacy. In other words, the divine beauty might be understood as mediating itself through being. In being, beauty sees itself.”

—Stephen Fields, “The Beauty of the Ugly: Balthasar, the Crucifixion, Analogy and God,” International Journal of Systematic Theology 9:2 (2007), p. 183.


Shane said...

How is beauty prior to being in this scenario? I'm with Thomas and Avicenna in thinking that there is no notion prior to being because I just can't imagine what such a priority would look like.


Anonymous said...

I know someone who said that God MUST be beautiful - it's part of His essence, since if we walk in to see him 'face to face' and He looks like Jabba the Hut, maybe we'd view reincarnation as a good thing.....

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