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"Beauty is an event; beauty happens when the Whole offers itself in the fragment, and when this self-giving transcends infinite distance. But is this really possible? How can the limitless inhabit what is little? How can the everlasting 'abbreviate' itself without ceasing to be? And how can immensity become small and still exist? "The answer offered to these questions by an important strand in Western thought is that all this can indeed happen, in one of two ways; either though the form of the fragment, the way, that is, that it makes present here an now the harmonious proportions of the Whole---so beauty is 'formosus'!---or through beauty's brightness, where the splendor of the Whole bursts forth in the fragment, and lays hold of the beholder: this bright loveliness is 'speciosus'! "In this world, the Word speaks the truth about himself in the ultimate 'self-emptying,' thanks to that act by which---in no way coerced by the One who is infinitely great---the Son lets himself be contained by the infinitely small. Becoming little in this way is truly divine." -from the introduction
A famous Italian theologian's eloquent reflections on beauty and God. / "Beauty is an event: it happens when the Whole, the All, offers itself to us in the fragment, when the Infinite makes itself little." This is how Bruno Forte describes the long-held Christian tradition that sees God as the source of all beauty. In The Portal of Beauty Forte examines the deep, though not always obvious, contribution of theological thoughtfrom the minds of such luminaries as Augustine, Aquinas, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Balthasar, and Evdokimovto our understanding and experience of beauty. / The Portal of Beauty is an erudite, moving, and deeply-felt study by the most famous Italian theologian in Italy on the nature of beauty and how it can lead us to a greater understanding of and communion with the divine.
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