Symbol and Reality: The Beauty and Truth of Christ

Journey Towards Easter

Common amongst the many ‘proofs’ proposed for the existence of God is an appeal to what are known as the Transcendentals or ‘properties of being’, particularly Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. These are considered to be objective realities that can be known by humankind and reveal something of a reality beyond ourselves. In this post, I would like to take a look at Beauty, particularly the way in which it is communicated to us, and how much it can communicate to us of reality.

Beauty, despite being considered here as an objective property, is possibly the transcendental most subject to relativism, given the highly personal way in which it is often experienced. Yet I would argue that it can be a valuable and reliable communicator of reality. The reason that our reception of this reality can lead to such divergence of opinion is because it is probably the most direct of…

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About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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4 Responses to Symbol and Reality: The Beauty and Truth of Christ

  1. mkenny114 says:

    Thanks for the re-blog 🙂

  2. Lynda says:

    I appreciate this line: “they whisper instead of speaking”. So many things in our culture shout and it becomes difficult to hear the whispers. God calls us to the silence in order to hear God’s voice. “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

    • Hi Lynda, I love that Psalm. It is often hard to find silence in Western Culture with advertising and billboards, TV and radio constantly bombarding us. That is why I so value my solitude and prayer time, both in the brief periods throughout the day and during my annual retreat.

      W. Ockham

  3. ptero9 says:

    “Often the ambiguity is created by the plethora of associations evoked by an image or action.”
    Yes! ..and that too evokes the sense of beauty in us.

    Perhaps it is not so much the content of the subjective meaning of our experience of beauty that has value for us, but rather the experience itself, because it immerses us in transcendence and mystery. Humbling, for sure.

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