Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Beauty of Holiness

~an excerpt from the Foreward by Sheridan Gilley to The Beauty of Holiness and the Holiness of Beauty by John Saward
Protestantism secularised the image by declaring it idolatrous. The vacuum created by the Enlightenment's destruction of a Catholic culture has been filled by a secular culture whose images have become increasingly depraved and whose central icons, like the screaming popes of Francis Bacon and the pop singer Madonna, are parodies of the Catholicism they seek both to exploit and to destroy. The poverty of so much modern Catholic art, and its separation from theological study and holiness of life, together speak of a sickness at the heart of our Western culture. Only through the recovery of Angelico's holistic vision--in which eye as well as ear finds delight in divine truth, which is known not in pride, but in humility, on our knees in worship--will we recapture Angelico's realisation, in images filled with light from heaven, of the radiance of God's glory.
See related post, Enlightenment--a Christian Heresy

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