Theology, Aesthetics, and Culture
Responses to the Work of David Brown
Edited by Robert MacSwain and Taylor Worley
- A volume with broad interdisciplinary appeal, drawing on theology, philosophy, literary and cultural studies.
- Draws together essays from prominent scholars in these fields, creating the first sustained treatment of David Brown’s contribution to the discussion of theology, aesthetics, and culture.
- Includes in-depth discussion of popular culture.
Provides a response to the essays from David Brown.
“Beauty, whether that of the natural universe or that expressed in art, precisely because it opens up and broadens the horizons of human awareness, pointing us beyond ourselves, bringing us face to face with the abyss of Infinity, can become a path towards the transcendent, towards the ultimate Mystery, towards God.”
– Pope Benedict XVI
During his homily at the Basilica of the Holy Family in Barcelona, our Holy Father spoke to those gathered about beauty’s role in sacred architecture and faith. He said,
“Indeed, beauty is one of mankind’s greatest needs; it is the root from which the branches of our peace and the fruits of our hope come forth. Beauty also reveals God because, like him, a work of beauty is pure gratuity; it calls us to freedom and draws us away from selfishness….In this masterpiece, Gaudí [the architect] shows us that God is the true measure of man; that the secret of authentic originality consists, as he himself said, in returning to one’s origin which is God. Gaudí, by opening his spirit to God, was capable of creating in this city a space of beauty, faith and hope which leads man to an encounter with him who is truth and beauty itself.”
Read the whole homily here: http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/homilies/2010/documents/hf_ben-xvi_hom_20101107_barcelona_en.html.
LETTER OF HIS HOLINESS
POPE JOHN PAUL II
To all who are passionately dedicated
to the search for new “epiphanies” of beauty
so that through their creative work as artists
they may offer these as gifts to the world.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good” (Gn 1:31)
The artist, image of God the Creator
1. None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you. Continue reading “Letter of His Holiness Pope John Paul II to Artists, 1999”