By Richard Viladesau

ISBN-10: 019512622X

ISBN-13: 9780195126228

ISBN-10: 0199959765

ISBN-13: 9780199959761

This publication explores the function of aesthetic adventure in our conception and figuring out of the holy. Richard Viladesau's target is to articulate a theology of revelation, tested relating to 3 primary dimensions of the cultured realm: feeling and mind's eye; good looks (or taste); and the humanities. After in brief contemplating ways that theology itself might be ingenious or appealing, Viladesau concentrates at the theological importance of aesthetic facts supplied by means of all of the 3 significant spheres of aesthetic conception and reaction. in the course of the paintings, the underlying query is how every one of those spheres serves as a resource (however ambiguous) of revelation. even though he frames a lot of his argument when it comes to Catholic theology--from the Church Fathers to Karl Rahner, Hans urs von Balthasar, Bernard Lonergan, and David Tracy--Viladesau additionally makes large use of rules from the Protestant theologian of the humanities Gerardus van der Leeuw, and attracts insights from such varied thinkers as Hans Goerg Gadamer, Wolfhart Pannenberg, and Iris Murdoch. His research is enlivened via the creative examples he selects: the track of Mozart as pondered by means of Karl Barth, Schoenbergs opera Moses und Aron, the sculptures of Chartres Cathedral, poems through Rilke and Michelangelo, etc. What emerges from this examine is what Viladeseau phrases a transcendental theology of aesthetics. In Thomistic phrases, he unearths that good looks isn't just a perfection yet a transcendental. that's, any example of good looks, rightly perceived and rightly understood, could be noticeable to suggest divinely beautiful issues in addition. In different phrases, Viladesau argues, God is absolutely the and worthwhile for the opportunity of beauty.

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