Daniel J Treier, Mark Husbands and Roger Lundin, IVP, 2007. This is a fine collection of essays that dusts off many questions about beauty that have not been asked for some time. Beauty was not a welcome topic in the world of the arts in the 20th century, but returns now presenting itself with considerable force.

There is a great deal of literature published over the past decade and a half that addresses the subject of beauty, not least by those with theological interests. Three of the essays attend to music and two of them are by Jeremy Begbie, one on Bach and one that looks at the differences between beauty and sentimentality. John Walford professor of Art History at Wheaton College provide a case for broken beauty over ideal beauty. Other essays are on film, poetry and the apologetics of beauty drawing on the work of Catholic theologian Hans Urs von Balthasar. Some may find the essays tough going but they reward a careful reading providing fresh insights into this important topic.

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