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The Wound of Beauty - Gregory Wolfe

The Wound of Beauty

IMAGE, Issue #56 · Winter 2007-08
 
by Gregory Wolfe
 
STRANGE as it may seem, beauty still needs to be defended. In the history of the West, beauty has played the role of Cinderella to her sisters, goodness and truth. I don’t mean to say that beauty in art or nature hasn’t been appreciated throughout history—though there have been times when beauty has been the subject of frontal assaults—but simply that when we start getting official, when we get theological or philosophical, beauty becomes a hot potato.