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Spirit and Beauty

An Introduction to Theological Aesthetics

Spirit and Beauty

An Introduction to Theological Aesthetics

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Publisher: SCM Press
ISBN: 9780334028659
Published: 01/03/2002
Many Christian theologians have associated beauty, both in nature and art, with the Holy Spirit. They include early Fathers like St Irenaeus and St Clement of Alexandria, as well as later writers like Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Sergius Bulgakov and Hans Urs von Balthasar. This text investigates what they said and why. In doing so, it also serves as an introduction to the whole area of theological aesthetics. Besides exploring the connection between the Holy Spirit and beauty, it ranges more widely by considering topics such as divine glory, inspiration and the eschatological character of beauty. Its discussions bring together two areas of lively interest in contemporary Christianity: the theology of the Holy Spirit and theological aesthetics.

Patrick Sherry

Patrick Sherry is Professor of Philosophical Theology at Lancaster University. He is the author of Religion, Truth and Language Games and of Spirit, Saints and Immortality. He was in addition co-editor of the three-volume Nineteenth Century Religious Thought in the West.

'A rich and fascinating exploration of the connection between beauty and the Holy Spirit.' Theology; 'A little masterpiece...' Modern Theology; 'A fine and careful book for scholars and students.' Theological Book Review