Beauty Reconsidered

May 29, 2013

by William Edgar

The Forum of Christian Leaders and the European Leadership Forum host Dr. William Edgar for a workshop to discuss the issue of aesthetics.

They introduce the session: “Although the notion of beauty has a noble pedigree, in recent times it has been under attack. For relativists, there can never be universal, objective standards for beauty. For philosophers in the tradition of Nietzsche beauty is all about power: calling something beautiful is to assert arbitrary authority over it. Even for some Christians the notion of beauty is suspiciously Platonic, and sub-biblical. Should we then eliminate the whole concept of beauty and find other language to deal with the aesthetic dimension of life? This session suggests a way both to preserve the idea of beauty and to steer clear of the pitfalls. Illustrations from the history of art will be used to support the arguments.”

Produced by the European Leadership Forum.

William Edgar

Dr. Edgar (DThéol, Université de Genève) is professor of apologetics at WTS.

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