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Are Protestants Afraid of Beauty?

Are Protestants Afraid of Beauty?

Leading 20th century Roman Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar contended that Protestantism had no place for beauty in its theology. “Contemporary Protestant theology nowhere deals with the beautiful as a theological category,” he wrote. “For the time being, the only question posed by Protestants is that concerning the relationship between revelation and this-worldly beauty—certainly… Continue Reading

Is there a biblical standard for judging beauty?

Is there a biblical standard for judging beauty?

Imagine I tell my wife that I want to take her to a special place for our anniversary. We arrange for a babysitter for our children, we dress in our finest clothes, and we hop into our car to set off for our romantic “mystery” destination. Becky’s excitement soon turns to bewilderment as I pull… Continue Reading

Aesthetic correspondence

Aesthetic correspondence

Conservative evangelicals admirably repudiate emergent leaders who argue that both content and form must be contextualized; evangelicals insist that since God’s Word is inspired and inerrant, God’s truth transcends culture and must be preserved intact. But since even most conservative evangelicals consider culture as entirely neutral in itself and beauty as in the eye of… Continue Reading

“Language matters, as does beauty.”

“Language matters, as does beauty.”

Bradley J. Birzer discusses the importance of language in “Language Conservation and the Conservation of Culture.” Here’s a snippet: Language matters, as does beauty. With Plato, the modern conservative (That is, the conservative. I’m not including the bombastic media types who have appropriated, assaulted, and remade with plastic surgery the noble concept of conservatism) and religious… Continue Reading

Resources on beauty

Resources on beauty

I received an email last week asking for resources that argued biblically for transcendent truth, goodness, and beauty. Here is what I sent him: I deal with the issue in both of my books: Worship in Song and Sound Worship. These articles may include what you are looking for: Preserving the Truth in our Worship Conservative Christianity 101… Continue Reading

Worship: Effective or Affective

Worship: Effective or Affective

In a striking work published a century ago the Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce pointed to a radical distinction, as he saw it, between art properly so-called, and the pseudo-art designed to entertain, arouse or amuse…[He was] right to believe that there is a great difference between the artistic treatment of a subject matter and the… Continue Reading

The Religious Affections and Beauty

The Religious Affections and Beauty

This entry is part 14 of 32 in the series Toward Conservative Christian Churches You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 14 of 32 in the series”Toward Conservative Christian Churches”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Probably the greatest difference between a thoroughly conservative Christian church and more nominally conservative Christian churches will be found in differences over the religious affections. Conservative… Continue Reading

Truth and Worship Forms

Truth and Worship Forms

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 3 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I have argued to this point that preserving the truth must include not only the preservation of right doctrine, but also the preservation of right… Continue Reading

Preserving the Truth in our Worship

Preserving the Truth in our Worship

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series Preserving the Truth in our Worship You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 1 of 8 in the series”Preserving the Truth in our Worship”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.My argument in this series will be that conservative worship is essential to the preservation of truth for this reason: we will have preserved truth… Continue Reading

Conservative Pillar I: Transcendent Absolutes

Conservative Pillar I: Transcendent Absolutes

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Defining Conservatism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series”Defining Conservatism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.I have suggested that the twin pillars of conservatism are 1) an affirmation of transcendent absolute principles of truth, goodness, and beauty; and 2) a commitment to conserve… Continue Reading

Is the Bible Enough?

I continue to receive e-mails concerning seemingly more and more common explanations of Sola Scriptura that in effect strip it down to nothing more than what Kevin Bauder calls Nuda Scriptura. You can read a good explanation of the doctrine by Jason Parker here, along with links to more pertinent articles. Along the same lines,… Continue Reading

A Theological Basis of Conservatism, Part 7

A Theological Basis of Conservatism, Part 7

This entry is part of 7 in the series A Theology of Conservatism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 7 in the series”A Theology of Conservatism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.If God does indeed imbue creation with his own value judgments, we are obligated to order our loves in analogy to his. If what I’m arguing is… Continue Reading

A Theological Basis of Conservatism, Part 1

A Theological Basis of Conservatism, Part 1

This entry is part of 7 in the series A Theology of Conservatism You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part of 7 in the series”A Theology of Conservatism”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Characteristic of our age is the wholehearted embrace of relativisms; I speak of relativisms (in the plural) because we can consider relativism from several (interrelated) perspectives. I… Continue Reading

How Can We Conserve Biblical Worship? Part 6

How Can We Conserve Biblical Worship? Part 6

How can we conserve biblical worship? We can conserve biblical worship by regulating our worship by God’s Word, by learning to distinguish between ordinate affection and appetite and choosing worship forms that foster those affections for God, by cultivating those worship forms that have been nurtured within the community of faith, and by proactively transmitting… Continue Reading

Isn't there any room for preference?

We recently received an excellent question submitted through the “Article Suggestions” module in the right column of this site: “What areas of aesthetics are preferences that are relative to individuals (if any)?” I recently argued in a post on this site (from a chapter in Sound Worship) that it is the responsibility of Christians to… Continue Reading