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The Evidential Power of Beauty

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While everyone is delighted by beauty, and the more alive among us are positively fascinated by it, few are explicitly aware that we can recognize truth by its beauty and simplicity. Dubay explores the reasons why all of the most eminent physicists of the twentieth century agree that beauty is the primary standard for scientific truth. Likewise, the best of contemporary th ...more
Paperback, 365 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Ignatius Press (first published 1999)
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Jeff Miller
May 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed pretty much all of this book and his insights into beauty from science to theology.

It included this quote from St. Augustine.

“He is beautiful in heaven, beautiful on earth; beautiful in the womb, beautiful in his parents’ arms, beautiful in his miracles, beautiful in inviting to life, beautiful in not worrying about death, beautiful in giving his life and beautiful in taking it up again; he is beautiful on the cross, beautiful in the tomb, beautiful in heaven. Listen to the song with un
Nov 23, 2009 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed by this book. Part of this was due to the discrepancy between what I was expecting and what I got, but I found that Dubay's writing style annoyed me. He repeatedly sees fit to raise issues or points of view that he summarily dismisses as "unworthy of response" or "clearly absurd". It's the author's job to decide what he writes about, but it's just bad writing to bring up ideas one is not going to address!
I eventually found what I was looking for in books by David Hart an
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
As a scientist and a Christian, this book really appealed to me. I found it very challenging because of the philosophical and theological language that I'm unfamiliar with, and sometimes the writing was, I thought, unnecessarily dense. The concepts are intriguing though.
Michelle Kafel
Jul 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, especially artists
I'm still plugging through it, BUT it is part of the required reading for the course I'm developing...
Oct 13, 2009 is currently reading it
Great read. Provokes me to wonder and awe at the world we live in...and in the One who filled it with marvels to behold through telescopes, microscopes, and even our own eyes!
Sep 25, 2010 added it
This book had me so obsorbed even while reading at Starbucks, a prof saw me and had to ask what I was reading. A Catholic and not all points he makes did I agree with, but a beautiful book.
♥ Ibrahim ♥
Aug 26, 2008 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: those who believe they have, in their right hand, the material evidence for the existence of God
Shelves: spirituality
In this book, Fr Dubay has his own "evidential apologetics" but in his own Catholic American style. "Evidential apologetics" is the apologetics in which Christians have figured out all the answers of atheists and wonder why they don't get it like they do.
Here is a sample of this so-called Evidential Apologetics:


But because Fr Thomas Dubay knows down deep inside that this approach is banal and one is almost preachi
Aaron Southerland
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
The opening chapters put forth a compelling and awe-inspiring theology of beauty. The middle section described the wonders of creation. The final chapters were about the beauty of Catholicism.
The work seemed to wander from the title and thesis. Dubay argued against materialistic dogmatism and contended for the beauty of the Catholic saints, at the expense of, it seems, the evidential power of beauty. When leaving this book, I believe that I have learned less of this power and more about Hans Ur
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Father Dubay. His speeches and lecture series are wonderful. When I started this book I could hear his voice as if he were reading to me and I found it endearing. I knew I was going to love this! The middle of the book though was challenging, but I plowed through. He becomes a bit repetitive and makes the same arguments under different titles. Nevertheless, I still felt the way I would if I were listening to him in person and I sat patiently and charitably through to the end. The final se ...more
Carissa Norris
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! Beauty is a reflection of God and beauty is far more than we give it credit for. It goes beyond the physical. I so recommend this book!
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Must go back and read it again!
Mar 20, 2009 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful book! I love Fr. Dubay.
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith

This book took my breath away. It needs to be read slowly and with joyful wonder at the beauty the surrounds us.
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Father Thomas Dubay, S.M., was a well-known retreat master and expert in the spiritual life.

A Marist Priest, Father took a Ph.D. from Catholic University of America and taught at major seminary level for about fifteen years. He spent the last three decades giving retreats and writing books (over twenty at last count) on various aspects of the spiritual life.

He is an expert on the teachings and w
“The acute experience of great beauty readily evokes a nameless yearning for something more than earth can offer. Elegant splendor reawakens our spirit’s aching need for the infinite, a hunger for more than matter can provide.” 7 likes
“We human beings are moved by music as no other animal is. Stranger still, it moves us rational animals apart from whether we can play it, read it, or even much understand it. Music reaches the passions without passing through the mind. Although some music calls forth enormous, in truth, life-long diligence from those who play it, those who have devoted no study whatever to listening to it are moved by it. As a consequence music is unique among human pursuits in being able to overcome the vast gulf between rare virtue and common aptitude. It is the most mathematical of the fine arts. It is science and fun together.19” 2 likes
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