Via Pulchritudinis: The Beauty of Creation

Our initial look at part III, section 1, “The Beauty of Creation.” cites the late Old Testament book of Wisdom:

Scripture underlines the symbolic value of the beauty of the world which surrounds us: “Yes naturally stupid are all (people) who have not known God and who, from the good things that are seen, have not been able to discover Him-who-is, or, by studying the works, have failed to recognize the Artificer. […] If, charmed by their beauty, they have taken things for gods, let them know how much the Lord of these excels them, since the very Author of beauty has created them.” (Wisdom 13: 1 and 3) There is an abyss between the ineffable beauty of God and its vestiges in creation, and the sacred author defines the aim of this ascendant dialogue: “through the grandeur and beauty of the creatures we may, by analogy, contemplate their Author.” (v.5) It is a matter of passing through the visible forms of natural things to climb up to their invisible author, the “Completely Other”, who we profess in the Creed: “I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth”.

This is the witness of many scientists, even those who operate outside of Christianity or any other system of belief or faith. The wonders of the universe, both in large scale and the smallest (here or here), inspire wonder. In mainstream life, the simple experiences of sunrise and sunset, of greenery around us, and in scales from a single flower or bird to a full landscape.

The full document is here.

Image: the rose window at Notre Dame in Paris, By Zachi Evenor based on File:North rose window of Notre-Dame de Paris, Aug 2010.jpg by Julie Anne Workman – CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=60404628

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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