Why is God's beauty often absent from our theology?
Rarely do theologians take up the theme of God's beautyeven more rarely do they consider how God's beauty should shape the task of theology itself. But the psalmist says that the heart of the believer's desire is to behold the beauty of the Lord.
In The Beauty of the Lord, Jonathan King restores aesthetics as not merely a valid lens for theological reflection, but an essential one. Jesus, our incarnate Redeemer, displays the Triune God's beauty in his actions and person, from creation to final consummation. How can and should theology better reflect this unveiled beauty?
The Beauty of the Lord is a renewal of a truly aesthetic theology and a properly theological aesthetics.
About the Author
Jonathan King (Ph.D., Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is a lecturer in Faculty of Liberal Arts at the Universitas Pelita Harapan in Indonesia.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction 1
2 Beauty Triune 30
3 Creation: Beauty's Debut 88
4 The Incarnation: Beauty Condescending 141
5 The Cross: Beauty Redeeming 212
6 Re-creation: Beauty's Denouement 251
7 Conclusion 324
Appendix 1 The General Witness of Scripture to the Aesthetic Dimension 337
Scripture Index 361
Subject Index 375