The Portal of Beauty: Towards a Theology of Aesthetics

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A famous Italian theologian's eloquent reflections on beauty and God. / "Beauty is an event: it happens when the Whole, the All, offers itself to us in the fragment, when the Infinite makes itself little." This is how Bruno Forte describes the long-held Christian tradition that sees God as the source of all beauty. In The Portal of Beauty Forte examines the deep, though not always obvious, contribution of theological thoughtfrom the minds of such luminaries as Augustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Balthasar, and Evdokimovto our understanding and experience of beauty. / The Portal of Beauty is an erudite, moving, and deeply-felt study by the most famous Italian theologian in Italy on the nature of beauty and how it can lead us to a greater understanding of and communion with the divine."

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Robin M. Jensen
Vanderbilt Divinity School
"Bruno Forte's lucid and eloquent account of beauty's place in theological and artistic expression inspires the reader to reflect more profoundly about the nature, source, and end of this infinite yet intimate means of Divine encounter. We are reminded that beauty is both transcendent and terrifying, calling us to consciousness of our mortality. At the same time, beauty is the assurance of God's presence to, in, and beyond human existence."
Gesa Thiessen
Milltown Institute, Dublin
"A fine introduction to the notion of beauty in some key thinkers, written with empathy and insight."
Luci Shaw
Regent College
" Beauty, a unique aspect of God's grace, is a universal that invites us to turn a corner, glimpsing transcendence and joining the earthly with the heavenly in those moments when God reveals his magnanimity and magnificence. This elegantly translated text allows us to see through the eyes of some of the great theological thinkers and observers in human history. If you are sick of banality and superficiality, dive into Bruno Forte's"Portal of Beauty"and be refreshed and enlarged.""

Robin M. Jensen Vanderbilt Divinity School "Bruno Forte's lucid and eloquent account of beauty's place in theological and artistic expression inspires the reader to reflect more profoundly about the nature, source, and end of this infinite yet intimate means of Divine encounter. We are reminded that beauty is both transcendent and terrifying, calling us to consciousness of our mortality. At the same time, beauty is the assurance of God's presence to, in, and beyond human existence."Gesa Thiessen Milltown Institute, Dublin "A fine introduction to the notion of beauty in some key thinkers, written with empathy and insight."Luci Shaw Regent College " Beauty, a unique aspect of God's grace, is a universal that invites us to turn a corner, glimpsing transcendence and joining the earthly with the heavenly in those moments when God reveals his magnanimity and magnificence. This elegantly translated text allows us to see through the eyes of some of the great theological thinkers and observers in human history. If you are sick of banality and superficiality, dive into Bruno Forte's"Portal of Beauty"and be refreshed and enlarged.""

Robin M. Jensen
-- Vanderbilt Divinity School
-Bruno Forte's lucid and eloquent account of beauty's place in theological and artistic expression inspires the reader to reflect more profoundly about the nature, source, and end of this infinite yet intimate means of Divine encounter. We are reminded that beauty is both transcendent and terrifying, calling us to consciousness of our mortality. At the same time, beauty is the assurance of God's presence to, in, and beyond human existence.-

Gesa Thiessen
-- Milltown Institute, Dublin
-A fine introduction to the notion of beauty in some key thinkers, written with empathy and insight.-

Luci Shaw
-- Regent College
- Beauty, a unique aspect of God's grace, is a universal that invites us to turn a corner, glimpsing transcendence and joining the earthly with the heavenly in those moments when God reveals his magnanimity and magnificence. This elegantly translated text allows us to see through the eyes of some of the great theological thinkers and observers in human history. If you are sick of banality and superficiality, dive into Bruno Forte's Portal of Beauty and be refreshed and enlarged.-

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Bruno Forte is Archbishop of Chieti-Vasto, Italy. He hasalso served as professor of systematic theology at thePontifical Theological Faculty of Naples, Italy, as amember of the International Theological Commission of theHoly See, and as a consultant of the Pontifical Council forCulture. -

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