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The Beauty of the Lord: Theology as Aesthetics

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Why is God's beauty often absent from our theology?

Rarely do theologians take up the theme of God's beauty--even more rarely do they consider how God's beauty should shape the task of theology itself. But the psalmist says that the heart of the believer's desire is to behold the beauty of the Lord.

In The Beauty of the Lord Jonathan King restores aesthetics as not merely a
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Paperback, 335 pages
Published May 30th 2018 by Lexham Press
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Steve
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jonathan King has written a very thorough book on the theological aesthetics. It is solidly grounded in theology, scriptural exegesis and historical awareness. King is firmly grounded in a commitment to scriptural faithfulness, whilst at the same time showing a deep acquaintance with the historical discussion of the three transcendentals. King does not merely turn to the direct references to beauty in Scripture, but views the whole purpose and nature of God from the perspective of beauty as a di ...more
Jimmy Reagan
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book by Jonathan King is part of Lexham Press’s Studies in Historical and Systematic Theology series. It’s the first volume in the series that I’ve encountered and I was impressed. It’s described as a “peer-reviewed series of contemporary monographs” that cover a wide array of subjects. This volume on the beauty of the Lord sheds light on so many places for me. The advertising blurb on the back cover (“restores aesthetics as not merely a valid lens for theological reflection, but an essenti ...more
Rafael Salazar
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Amazing read. By developing a theological aesthetic, King seeks to understand the whole of redemptive history and the fittingness of the incarnate Redeemer as the Trinitarian endeavor to put forth the beauty and glory of the Son. It is both heady and hearty, even moved me to worship. I mean to reread it sometime.
Samuel Parkison
Jul 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is a masterpiece. Virtually flawless. I will have a much more thorough review soon, but for now I’ll just make this prediction: this will probably be the best book I’ll read this year.
Eric Yap
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Theologeek will enjoy it, though I wished there was a 4.5 stars rating available instead of an exact 4 or 5 stars review. Mainly because I think the definition or contours of theological aesthetics need to sharpen or more developed, and the book overall felt like slight awkward crossed between biblical and systematic theology, but the author did concede that his concept of "fittingness" as the axiom of theological aesthetics needed to be improved. I gave a 5 stars review finally because it was a ...more
Scott Bielinski
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lexham's Studies in Historical & Systematic Theology series continues to astound me.

King's book is excellent. Rightly recognizing the dearth of recent theological reflection on beauty, he writes that the "intent of this work is to explore and develop a theology of beauty based on God's plan in Christ" (1). Whereas some may feel that this "lack" in the literature may indicate a lack of conceptual resources in Scripture, King says that this "lacuna that exists requires a recovery of and reinvigora
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Andy Dollahite
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Tapping into the best insights of classical thought, historical theology, and rigorous systematics, this work showcases the objective beauty of the person of Christ in redemption accomplished and applied. Supporting the layered theses are the works of Irenaeus, Anselm, Aquinas, von Balthasar, Jonathan Edwards, and a double portion of Herman Bavinck. Furthermore, dozens of the Reformed Orthodox as well as contemporary theologians of the church catholic are peppered throughout.

I would co
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Mitch Bedzyk
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books I've read in 2018. Employing philosophy, systematics, exegesis, and historical theology, King provides a comprehensive treatment of the beauty of the triune God. Each chapter deals with different aspects of God's beauty, beginning with a discussion of the Trinity and the beauty of God ad intra, proceeding to God's beauty seen in his ad extra work of creation, incarnation, redemption, and consummation.

This book left me with a greater understanding and appreciation God's bea
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Wes Van Fleet
Mar 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jonathan King has penned a wonderful work that focuses the readers eyes on the beauty of the Lord. Working through the Scriptures, he entreats us to see how the beauty of the Lord is a theme throughout the Bible and, it could be argued, is in fact an attribute of God. I especially enjoyed his treatment of the Trinity throughout, as well as the beauty of Christ in his life, death, and resurrection.

The one thing to be ready for with Beauty of the Lord is to have your Bible opened and some good tim
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Nick Roark
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Incredible
Zach Barnhart
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This book is just splendid. Review forthcoming.
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