- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Brazos Press; 1 edition (July 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587432625
- ISBN-13: 978-1587432620
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #891,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An erudite, compassionate, powerful argument for recovering the deepest dimensions of the liberal arts, for rethinking education as the path to wisdom. Caldecott ranges across a breathtaking array of disciplines as he demonstrates that faith and reason, art and science, are not enemies, but comrades in the search for truth."--Philip Zaleski, editor of the Best Spiritual Writing series and coauthor of Prayer: A History
"This is a book that addresses the soul, mind, spirit, and will. It is an extended meditation on the sources of becoming more human that inevitably relate humanity to God. It is about education, spiritual maturing, and a lifetime vocation of learning. It is a wise book, an inspiring book, a beautiful book."--Ralph McInerny, University of Notre Dame
"This book struck me with the force of a revelation. Stratford Caldecott's thesis--that modern mathematics can recreate a sense of the beauty of cosmic order which would re-orient the educational program and, furthermore, prepare a way for liturgical worship--is to me a very remarkable example of 'thinking outside the box.'"--Aidan Nichols, OP, author of Redeeming Beauty
"Stratford Caldecott provides a remarkable manifesto that restores mystery to its proper place in education. With mystery comes wonder, awe, reverence, beauty, and a sense of discovery. Without these, science and mathematics are sterile, dull, and doomed, and the humanities are impossible. Caldecott has pronounced a blessing for our children and our children's children."--Scott Hahn, St. Vincent Seminary and Franciscan University of Steubenville
"This book offers three kinds of light: the lucidity of participating in the divine simplicity, which substitutes profundity for mere complexity; illumination through the divine light of the Logos that shines as one in both creation and revelation; the scintillation of realizing that this truth can only be approached in love."--Catherine Pickstock, University of Cambridge and Emmanuel College
"This work is likely to become something of a bible for Liberal Arts students. The prose is beautiful and every sentence carefully crafted. Postmodern thinkers will also find that this is an accessible, succinct guide to Christian cosmology."--Tracey Rowland, John Paul II Institute, Melbourne, Australia
About the Author
Stratford Caldecott (1954-2014) was the editor of Second Spring (www.secondspring.co.uk), directed the Centre for Faith and Culture in Oxford for the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts, and served as a Research Fellow at St. Benet's Hall, Oxford. He received his MA from the University of Oxford and authored several books of theological reflection and cultural analysis.
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Modern man has been uprooted from the very ground of his own being - the Word of God expressed as number, proportion and form, which undergirds Creation's beauty and his own. His awareness of sacred symbolism has been dulled by the divorce of poetry and pedagogy. He comes to the study of philosophy and theology unprepared by music, and disconnected from history. He suffers from the deformation of the Liturgy, and in his flattened state has lost capacity for interior freedom.
The keys to meaning are (and always have been) form, gestalt, beauty, interiority, relationship, radiance and purpose. An education for meaning would therefore begin with an education in the perception of form. The `re-enchantment' of education would open our eyes to the meaning and beauty of the cosmos.
Caldecott would restore to us the interior spaciousness expressed in the great medieval cathedrals by the interplay of light, space, "stone and statuary, rose windows and labyrinths" in the service of Sacred Liturgy. With Plato, he believes "the inner vision of the soul could be awakened" by the disciplines of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. He would reintegrate the Liberal Arts curriculum by locating it "within the history of ideas."
With the Christian Pythagoreans, Caldecott explores the "logoi of Creation....understood in terms of number and cosmic harmony". Beauty, he tells us, is "the key to the lost unity" of subjects as diverse as "art and literature, music, mathematics, physics, biology, and history." Read more at Charlotte's Web: [...]
Be forewarned: after reading Beauty for Truth's Sake, you will have written down and perhaps purchased at least 3-5 other books to take you further in the study of the intersection of beauty, truth, and the sciences. For myself, I bought the companion book "Beauty in the Word" (also by Caldecott), which covers the Trivium, Ratzinger's "The Spirit of the Liturgy," Vitruvius' "On Architecture," and Lawlor's "Sacred Geometry."
Caldecott has done much in this relatively short work to reawaken in me a love for math and science, and a new perspective as to how these seemingly secular fields are every bit as much a sacred endeavor as engaging the written word.
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