Episode 6: Beauty for the Beholder
Quick editor’s note: in the intro, we tease the previous episode being about music. That’s an error on our part, and you didn’t miss anything – that episode is coming soon!
- Philosophers have discussed different lists of the so-called transcendentals. This source, citing Aristotle, Plato and Aquinas along the way, sees beauty as closely related to the good and the true.
- The work of Rev. Robert Spitzer, SJ, can be found at the Magis Center website. His work is a wonderful combination of philosophical, theological and pastoral approaches to God and humanity.
- Augustine wrote in Book One of his Confessions: “Our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”
- The Catechism of the Catholic Church draws connections between truth, beauty and goodness in its discussion of the Eighth Commandment, starting at paragraph 2500.
- The statement that beauty is truth and truth is beauty comes from poet John Keats in his “Ode on a Grecian Urn.”
- Bill believes he heard that there are Franciscan roots to the maxim loosely translated, “To know the name of the rose is not the same as to know the rose.” So often we may know the name of a truth but not fully know or understand the truth through experience. Wikipedia gives some explanations of the phrase and its application.
- “New Advent” provides a Catholic Encyclopedia discussion of the group of Franciscans known as “Spirituals.”
- Chapter 6 of the Book of Wisdom makes a connection between wisdom and beauty. You must be open to beauty in order to reflect upon the wisdom of the Creator, Ken points out.
- Thank you, John Denver, for the beauty and loveliness of the song, “Sunshine on My Shoulders.”
10. Explore everything about Chesterton at the Chesterton Society site. Somewhere, in one collection of Chesterton quotes, he says beauty is closely related to a sense of proportion. He was an artist as well as author.
- The Guggenheim Museum posts this profile of controversial artist Robert Mapplethorpe.
12. Neither Ken nor Bill knew that “alt-beauty” was a “thing,” as described in this newspaper piece.
13. Psalm 95 begins its warning against the hardening of one’s heart in the seventh verse.
14.Whatever is true, whatever is beautiful, think on these things, St. Paul tells the Philippians. This is indeed a good prescription against hardened hearts.