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This article is about the aesthetics of the atonement by Christian Kettler. Below is a little teaser:

Our sentiments about what is beautiful and what is art are certainly culturally and psychologically relative. This is not surprising to the vicarious beauty of Christ, which comes with its own definition of what beauty is–in the form of the Suffering Servant, as one example. Barth’s criticism of religion can also be transferred to a criticism of our ideas of beauty: Like our preconceived ideas of religion, our preconceived ideas of beauty must be displaced and replaced by Christ.(FN19) In no other place is there such a bounty of beauty. Despite our love for creaturely beauty, that creaturely beauty inspires us to search for a beauty we have never experienced, says C. S. Lewis.(FN20) This is a “wisdom” hidden for ages, “for our glory” that the rulers of this age did not understand, “for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory [beauty!] (1 Cor 2:7-8). Is this not the “wholly other” beauty of Christ? The form of Christ brings its own beauty not by thoughts or words about beauty but by this beauty itself. The form of Christ is his splendor, a unity between beauty and being, in von Balthasar’s words.(FN21) The beauty-of God takes the place of our ideas of beauty. But does this mean that there is no analogy of being between Christ’s beauty and the beauty of this world, between uncreated beauty and created beauty, or Christ’s response to God and the need for our response?

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