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The Evidential Power of Beauty: Science and Theology Meet Paperback – September 1, 1999
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"This is as complete a theology of beauty in one simple volume as I know, uniting Christian theology, modern science, and daily experience a sort of von Balthasar for the masses. It vastly expands our understanding beyond 'aesthetics', and shows us how nearly right Keats was in saying 'Beauty is truth, truth is beauty.'"--
Peter Kreeft, Author, Back to Virtue
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Fr. Dubay structures this volume in three sections. The first, "Laying The Groundwork", deals primarily with a theology of Beauty, establishing the place that Beauty holds in declaring the glory of God in every created thing. The important cornerstone that is laid in this section is that all beauty in the created order, both in the heavens and on the earth, derives its beauty from the "radiant form" of the Person of Jesus Christ, Who is the express image of the Beautiful God. As human beings created in that image, we are made to resonate with the form of that which is beautiful, and we find ourselves captivated by beauty wherever we see it. All things have beauty in proportion to their conformity to the radiant form of Jesus, and ugliness, or deformity, emerges when the radiant form of Christ is denied or lost.
Fr. Dubay suggests three levels of common understanding of beauty: the comeliness of the appearance of something lovely on the sense level, the spiritual beauty of a person who has begun to transcend the natural realm through the consideration of higher things, and the beauty of Divine glory, which is the pinnacle of Beauty. All these levels find their meaning in relationship with (conformity to) the classical principle of Beauty, that which has unity, harmony, proportion, wholeness, and radiance.Read more ›
I am not a scientist,a theologian, or a Catholic. You don't have to be to enjoy this book immensely and even learn a thing or two about something you probably never thought twice about--for example,water. Dubay takes time to explore the "givens" in our world that are so casually seen as "miraculous accidents." His marvelous prose and fire for God lights every page. The underlying push for even beginning to ponder God's mystery,awe, and love is, as Dubay quoted, the "ability to have the humility to sit at the foot of a dandelion."
The book is simply a masterful work of art, a lovely tour of how theology and science merge together at the point of Beauty. Though both disciplines have opposite starting points, they lead to many of the same conclusions about our Universe.
Buy or borrow this book, find a comfortable chair, and take your time absorbing the "evidential beauty" in this book.
I have always been fascinated by science and nature but lately in my work with the elderly and with prisoners in the criminal justice system as well as my growning sprituality which includes contemplative prayer. Thomas Dubay's book has helped to to understand how both of these aspects of my walk with God tie to my early appreication of science and nature.
I have also developed a great appreciation for Han Hurs Von Balthasar from this book.
Thomas Dubay is a truely gifted writer and I hope to see many more of his books in the future.
"... simple observation shows that people, including academics, readily welcome intellectual interventions and therefore design, when the question is free of cultural biases and does not impinge on their personal lifestyle and chosen philosophy.Read more ›
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Fantastic read! Older edition but similar read to Oswald ChambersPublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is good for artists and scientists alike. It's not for everyone, though. I happened to be on a personal quest to find out whether beauty is objective or subjective, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kyla
I found the author to be very pompous and extremely Catholic and left no room for any other thoughts. Read morePublished 8 months ago by butch
So very good. Loving the depth of beauty in both science and philosophy. Very uplifting readPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Comprehensive and substantial thought on why beauty moves us and where it leads us.Published 10 months ago by Allen Kannapell
this is a tightly reasoned philosophical and theological presentation on the topic of beauty... beauty in our experience of it in nature and our created universe... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Amazon Customer
A friendly, helpful and well expressed summary of the truth of beauty. Notable examples of this transcendental leading us to the splendor of the Beautiful.Published 21 months ago by Robert G Schwarz
Don't fail to notice the author is Catholic. He has nice observations on beauty but then he gets in jabs against birth control and non procreative sex. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Floating Signifier