Category: Beauty/Aesthetics

Nature and the Aim of Fiction

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion by Timothy Bartel Part VII – Nature and the Aim of Fiction Here we may turn to another great Christian theorist, Ms. Flannery O’Connor.  In her excellent essay...

/ March 5, 2008

Towards an Incarnational Aesthetic

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion by Timothy Bartel Part VI – Towards a Christian Aesthetic Now that this first principle of Christian aesthetics has been reached, it will be helpful to turn to...

/ March 3, 2008

Solving the Three Aesthetic Problems

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion by Timothy Bartel Part V – Solving the Three Problems While it may be possible to tackle these three contemporary problems individually, I believe that the first problem...

/ March 1, 2008

Relativism, Immodesty, Evangelism

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion by Timothy Bartel Part IV – Relativism, Modesty, Evangelism It is here that contemporary Christians bring a unique and needed element into the cultural climate, for we ask...

/ February 29, 2008

The Three Aesthetic Problems

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical Understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part III – The Three Aesthetic Problems How can the Bible inform our understanding of fashion today? Surely the runways of Milan are a different...

/ February 28, 2008

A Brief History of Clothing

The Sword and the Shaving Brush Towards a Biblical understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part II – A Brief History of Clothing The wool dress I saw at Biola began to work on my mind. The idea of such...

/ February 27, 2008

The Sword and the Shaving Brush – Towards a Biblical Understanding of Fashion

The Sword and the Shaving Brush, Part I Towards a Christian understanding of fashion By Timothy Bartel Part I It was a dress made out of wool—not finely spun wool, not the wool of your favorite sweater, but wool in...

/ February 26, 2008

Looking Back To See The Future

There are two ways to see the future. One is to receive a vision of all time and all reality. The other is to study the past for patterns that are timeless. The first is granted to only a tiny...

/ January 2, 2008

On “The Beauty of the World”

This is a short essay on Jonathan Edwards essay The Beauty of the World, written this month by one of my high school students. I found it to be compelling in its simplicity and insight. Reprinted with the permission of...

/ December 19, 2007

VI. Towards Gratitude

Roots of Self-Responsibility and Optimism “All is well, and all shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” Julian of Norwich I have suggested that Meister Eckhart is right when he says “Thank You” is not just...

/ November 30, 2007