This essay is from our Anastasis Series where we resurrect articles from the past that are either still relevant today or can be easily updated. This piece, first published in May 2013 as a series of six. The six different pieces have been combined into a single essay, edited, and

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Something Unexpected There were two weeks in October that didn’t go as I expected. On Monday, October 9th, my wife was following the developing Northern California fires online when she saw that they were woefully shorthanded at the large animal evacuation site near us. We decided to spend a few

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Sheol, ‘Erets, Shamayim, acrylic & pastel on canvas, 30″ x 156″, 2000 Art and Faith is really at the heart of what I do and who I am. I know there are many others who are also interested in art and faith. I started my career as an artist who

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A little while back I had a fan of Faith on View message me on Facebook asking me to once again post regularly on Faith on View. Okay, truth be told it really was more of an internet friend teasing me for my failures. For those who follow this blog, they

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There is massive disagreement about the ontology of beauty. For many today, beauty is merely in the eye of the beholder. For others, beauty is an objective reality. I’ve thought a lot about this over the last year and honestly I’m still not 100% persuaded either way. I’ve interacted with

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Human Drapery 3 by Jordan Wade *Read this series from the beginning.*  Language is a clear problem in articulating the concepts this paper addresses. We tend to apply only one adjective to a noun. So we may say Human Drapery 3 is a beautiful painting, an ugly painting, or a

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*Read this series from the beginning.*  Kant’s distinctions about the sublime, and, in fact, the two forms of sublime Mathematical and Dynamical, are extremely nuanced and cannot be fully addressed here. But, there are some important points which help lead to the Axis Theory’s understanding of sublime. Kant begins his

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*Read this series from the beginning.*  If ugly is the ontological opposite of pretty then disgust maybe the ontological opposite of beauty. Kant closely ties the concepts of disgust and ugly. However, while Kant is ambiguous about ugly he clearly locates disgust within the imagination, as is beauty. He claims

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Human Drapery 3 by Jordan Wade *Read this series from the beginning.*  Historically beauty and aesthetics go hand in hand. The question of beauty is the primary question of aesthetics. In the Thomist tradition, beauty is considered a transcendental with concepts such as the good and the true. If this

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Leonardo daVinci, Grotesque Head, c. 1480-1510 Red chalk on paper, 17.2 x 14.3 cm Windsor Castle, Royal Library *Read this series from the beginning.*  Ugly is the ontological opposite of pretty and fills the other side of the Sensual Axis. Where pretty causes sensual delight the ugly causes sensual discomfort.

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Thomas Kinkade, The Cross, April 2010 *Read this series from the beginning.*  Kitsch Kitsch is often very clearly linked with the pretty. Certainly, that is the case with the work of Kinkade. Roger Scruton says, “The world of kitsch is a world of make-believe, of permanent childhood, in which every

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*Read this series from the beginning.*  On the first day of this series I meant to point out that the 10 Days may not all be concurrent. But, since I did not post anything the last two days it is probably pretty clear. Well, for you reading pleasure here is

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*Read this series from the beginning.*  Axis Theory The Axis Theory takes cues from historic conceptions of the sublime and the beautiful, especially Kant, and seeks to harmonize those terms with contemporary usage and my own intuition. As is demonstrated in the diagram, the Axis Theory envisions ugly, pretty, beauty,

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