Beauty of the Infinite The Aesthetics of Christian Truth

ISBN-10: 080282921X
ISBN-13: 9780802829214
Edition: 2004
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List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 10/29/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 462
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

Introduction
The Question
Terms Employed
Beauty
Final Remarks
Dionysus against the Crucified: The Violence of Metaphysics and the Metaphysics of Violence
The City and the Wastes
The Veil of the Sublime
The Will to Power
The Covenant of Light
The Beauty of the Infinite: A Dogmatica Minora
Trinity
The Christian understanding of beauty emerges not only naturally, but necessarily, from the Christian understanding of God as a perichoresis of love, a dynamic coinherence of the three divine persons, whose life is eternally one of shared regard, delight, fellowship, feasting, and joy
Divine Apatheia
Divine Fellowship
Divine Joy
The Christian understanding of difference and distance is shaped by the doctrine of the Trinity, where theology finds that the true form of difference is peace, of distance beauty
Divine Difference
Divine Perfection
In the Christian God, the infinite is seen to be beautiful and so capable of being traversed by way of the beautiful
Desire's Flight
Changeless Beauty
The Mirror of the Infinite
Infinite Peace
The infinite is beautiful because God is Trinity; and because all being belongs to God's infinity, a Christian ontology appears and properly belongs within a theological aesthetics
God and Being
God beyond Being
Analogia Entis
Creation
God's gracious action in creation belongs from the first to that delight, pleasure, and regard that the Trinity enjoys from eternity, as an outward and unnecessary expression of that love; and thus creation must be received before all else as gift and as beauty
Analogia Delectationis
The Gift
Desire's Power
As God is Trinity, in whom all difference is possessed as perfect peace and unity, the divine life might be described as infinite music, and creation too might be described as a music whose intervals, transitions, and phrases are embraced within God's eternal, triune polyphony
The Divine Theme
Divine Counterpoint
As God utters himself eternally in his Word, and possesses all the fullness of address and response, and as creation belongs to God's utterance of himself (as a further articulation, at an analogical remove, of the abundant "eloquence" of divine love), creation may be grasped by theology as language
Divine Expression
Divine Rhetoric
Analogia Verbi
Salvation
Salvation occurs by way of recapitulation, the restoration of the human image in Christ, the eternal image of the Father after whom humanity was created in the beginning; thus salvation consists in the recovery of a concrete form, and in the restoration of an original beauty
The Form of Distance
Christ the Sign
"What Is Truth?"
The Practice of the Form
In Christ, totality's economy of violence is overcome by the infinity of God's peace, inasmuch as one order of sacrifice is overcome by another: sacrifice as the immolation of the beautiful is displaced by a sacrifice whose offering is one of infinite beauty
The Economy of Violence
A Gift Exceeding Every Debt
The Consolations of Tragedy, the Terrors of Easter
Eschaton
Christian eschatology affirms the goodness of created difference, reveals divine truth to be inseparable from beauty, and exposes the totality as false and marked with a damnable finitude
Time's Surface, Eternity's Light
The Last Adam
Rhetoric without Reserve: Persuasion, the Tyranny of Twilight, and the Language of Peace
The War of Persuasions
The Violence of Hermeneutics
The Optics of the Market
The Gift of Martyrs
Index

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