Beauty and Aesthetics has been fun and challenging. I don't know if we ended up with any "answers," but I do think that we all have a deeper, more thoughtful appreciation of art, its role in creation, revelation, and liturgy.
And speaking of beautiful things: it's Dante time!
Two years ago we decided to dedicate our summer readings not to theology, but to major and important works of artistic literature. We began with Dante's Divine Comedy, and read the Inferno in 2011 and the Purgatorio in 2012. We are now ready to ascend to the Paradiso! Not only is the Paradiso an amazing book, but it will be great to have finished as a group what is unquestionably one of the world's greatest works of literature!
This week, we're going to devote to reviewing (for those who've read it) and introducing (for those who haven't) the last two books of the Divine Comedy. I propose we use this helpful summary I found online as a guide.
You might also consult this neat online summary by UT.
Next week, we'll start on the Paradiso. If you don't have a copy, please order or pick up a copy of the Mandelaum translation. You can find it on Amazon here. I know there are many translations, and I'm not taking a stand on which is best; but it is much more pleasant to have everyone reading the same version. If enough people need copies, we can do a group order.
I hope you'll join us for Summer Dante! Wednesdays at the Ginger Man, 7pm, on the upstairs back patio.
Peace & Paradiso!