Saturday, November 8, 2014

Postcard from Chile, #3

bench art, Santiago, Chile, 2014
street art, Valparaiso, Chile, 2014 
street art, Valparaiso, Chile, 2014
“Strange as it may seem, beauty still needs to be defended. In the history of the West, beauty has played the role of Cinderella to her sisters, goodness and truth. I don’t mean to say that beauty in art or nature hasn’t been appreciated throughout history—though there have been times when beauty has been the subject of frontal assaults—but simply that when we start getting official, when we get theological or philosophical, beauty becomes a hot potato…

In theory, goodness, truth, and beauty—traditionally known as the “transcendentals,” because they are the three qualities that God has in infinite abundance—are equal in dignity and worth. Indeed, in Christian thought there has always been a sense that the transcendentals exist in something of a trinitarian relationship to one another. But in practice it rarely seems to work out that way.”

~Gregory Wolfe, see link here

Street art, Valparaiso, Chile, 2014
Street art, Valparaiso, Chile, 2014
street art, Valparaiso, Chile 2014


"In each one of my experiences, the actual physical journey, the people, and even the situation that I encountered there, all became conduits for a transformation of some sort within me––or at least, they were the agents for an invitation to grow that was offered to me. Something about the experience itself became a personal and intimate reminder of the deepest Truth of all: God is with us! “God’s dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and they will be his people and God himself will always be with them [as their God]” (Revelation 21:3).