The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics (Studies in Historic and Systematic Theology)
The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics (Studies in Historic and Systematic Theology)
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  • 424 Pages
  • Publisher : Lexham Press
  • Publication Date : May 2018

The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics (Studies in Historic and Systematic Theology)

King, Jonathan

"Without debate this is the best book I read in 2018. At the center of our faith is not merely believing — but also tasting and seeing the beauty of God. How do we quantify the beauty of God? 'Beauty is a quality of God’s glory and thus the display of God’s glory is always beautiful, always fitting, always entails an aesthetic dimension to it' (326). Or, to put it another way, 'everything God does is beautiful in its God-glorifying nature' (298). King’s book is one of the most expansive and ambitious theological achievements that I’ve ever come across, a rare book which offers a treasured doctrine of Reformed theology in fresh articulation on every page. Not merely the best Reformed definition of aesthetics (long overdue and sorely needed), this is Reformed theology at its beautiful best." - Tony Reinke, author of "Competing Spectacles" and "12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You"
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Why is God's beauty often absent from our theology?

 

Rarely do theologians take up the theme of God's beauty--even 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.