Beauty will save the world #3: the axis of love

It continues to blow my mind how timely Brian Zahnd's book Beauty Will Save the World is for the climate of our country right now. I previously blogged about the first and second chapters. The third chapter is called "Axis of Love." Kind of sounds like a Jimi Hendrix album. It's actually a very beautiful presentation of the victory Jesus wins on the cross. … [Read more...]

Beauty will save the world #2: On regaining wonder

The second chapter of Beauty Will Save the World is about rediscovering the concept of wonder. Brian Zahnd writes: "We wonder at two things--the beautiful and the mysterious. A life stripped of beauty and mystery is a life barren of wonder, and a life without wonder is a kind of deep poverty" (33). Zahnd thinks that the greatest wonder of all is Jesus' incarnation: the claim that "the Logos, the Word, the Idea, the Reason, the Reflection, the Meditation, the Self-Understanding of God became … [Read more...]

Beauty Will Save the World #1: Beauty over Conquest

The title of Brian Zahnd's brand new book Beauty Will Save the World is taken from a quote in Fyodor Dostoyevski's novel The Idiot. Zahnd's book is a prophetic call to turn away from the ugliness that evangelical Christianity has acquired in the last thirty years due to the loud, angry people who claim to represent us; our consequent identification in the public sphere as an anti-intellectual, xenophobic, populist partisan voting bloc; and our canned, formulaic theology that has produced … [Read more...]


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