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Andrew Greeley

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520238176

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520238176.001.0001

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Religious Education and Beauty

Religious Education and Beauty

(p.150) Twelve Religious Education and Beauty
The Catholic Revolution

Andrew Greeley

Paul Wink

University of California Press

The beauty of Catholic heritage inspires immense religious awe in the mass psyche and enables adherence to faith. Beauty, by way of brief introductory description, is a dimension of an object, event, or person. Religion does not speak in abstract concepts, religion speaks in stories, in the language of images. Human knowledge is primarily the knowledge of a story. The best contemporary Catholic theology agrees that of the three transcendentals inherent in being—Truth, Goodness, and Beauty—the Beautiful is primary in that it is the one we encounter first. In contemporary American Catholicism however, Beauty is cast away as an expensive option and Truth, usually the prepositional variant, is squeezed into the public psyche so they be as good as the accepted definition of Good. If accepted that spiritual depth can be gauged on the basis of the art it produces, American Catholic spirituality does not hold much water.

Keywords:   Catholic heritage, abstract concept, transcendental, prepositional, American Catholicism, art

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