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Excellent BeautyThe Naturalness of Religion and the Unnaturalness of the World$
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Eric Dietrich

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171021

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171021.001.0001

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The Beauty of Seeing More Than We Can Understand

The Beauty of Seeing More Than We Can Understand

(p.147) Eleven The Beauty of Seeing More Than We Can Understand
Excellent Beauty

Eric Dietrich

Columbia University Press

This chapter argues that the excellent beauties or mysteries, as discussed in the previous chapter, are also worth exploring because they are beautiful, and not merely strange or nonmundane. It posits arguments for an enduring mystery aesthetic, to wit: that mysteries are profound, and that the profound are intrinsically beautiful; that the strangeness presented by these mysteries challenge the idea that the universe is a place for humans; and lastly, that the mysteries reveal the universe as a place that shows us more than we can understand. Science, after all, cannot explain everything, but surely its ongoing preoccupation with the mysterious can inspire a certain reverence in the observer.

Keywords:   excellent beauties, mysteries, enduring mystery aesthetic, nonmundane, reverence, universe

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