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"The answer offered to these questions by an important strand in Western thought is that all this can indeed happen, in one of two ways; either though the form of the fragment, the way, that is, that it makes present here an now the harmonious proportions of the Whole---so beauty is 'formosus'!---or through beauty's brightness, where the splendor of the Whole bursts forth in the fragment, and lays hold of the beholder: this bright loveliness is 'speciosus'!
"In this world, the Word speaks the truth about himself in the ultimate 'self-emptying,' thanks to that act by which---in no way coerced by the One who is infinitely great---the Son lets himself be contained by the infinitely small. Becoming little in this way is truly divine." -from the introduction
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
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The Community of the Beautiful: A Theological AestheticsAlexandro Garcia RiveraLiturgical Press / 1999 / Hardcover$25.16 Retail:
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The Beauty of the Infinite: The Aesthetics of Christian TruthDavid Bentley HartWm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Trade Paperback$37.80 Retail:
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In the first six chapters, Forte calls as witnesses some of the greatest luminaries of the Church in the East and West: Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Søren Kierkegaard, Fyodor Dostoevsky, Hans Urs von Balthasar, and Pavel Evdokimov. Forte then moves to a consideration of music as a sacred language and a contemplation of how film can transmit faith through story and icon. Finally, he closes with a moving meditation on the fragility and finitude of the mortal fragments through which divine beauty manifests itself.
The Portal of Beauty is an erudite, moving, and deeply felt study by the most famous Italian theologian in Italy on the nature of beauty and how it can lead us to a greater understanding of and communion with the divine.
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