Thursday, July 19, 2007

Streetwise: Balthasar on Beauty (a classic!)

Theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar wrote great gobs of material on beauty (in fact, great gobs of material on virtually everything), but here is a classic line which caught my eye again this morning:

'We no longer dare to believe in beauty and we make of it a mere appearance in order the more easily to dispose of it. Our situation today shows that beauty demands for itself at least as much courage and decision as do truth and goodness, and she will not allow herself to be separated and banned from her two sisters without taking them along with herself in an act of mysterious vengeance. We can be sure that whoever sneers at her name as if she were the ornament of a bourgeois past -- whether he admits it or not -- can no longer pray and soon will no longer be able to love.'

From The Glory of the Lord: A Theological Aesthetics. Volume I: Seeing the Form. (Ignatius/ Crossroad) p. 18

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Blogger Halden said...

That's one of my favorite Balthasar quotes from the Aesthetics.

Thursday, July 26, 2007 7:39:00 PM  

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