Compelling and inspiring thoughts on beauty, a glorious read.
[Note: Originally posted July 2011.]
Whenever I speak at conferences or churches about the nature of the arts, I inevitably get bogged down about one third into my presentation. Some daring soul near the back of the room will raise his or her hand—often a young person or college student—and ask a brutally honest question: “Isn’t beauty in the eye of the beholder?” And that’s when the firestorm begins.
Many intelligent and inspired people far smarter than I have written volumes on the subject of beauty over the centuries. So to attempt to speak on the subject of beauty is, by definition, to talk over one’s head. I myself have written briefly about this issue in my previous book, Imagine That, and blogged and spoken on this issue a number of times. Which is to say that I attempt to speak of things great and transcendent. So these firestorms…
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