As most people know, last year I gave a seminar/lecture/sermon thingy at my old church, Epiphany Fellowship. The topic I spoke on was Beauty. I spent about nine months doing research, reading, talking, and thinking before ultimately delivering it last August. Recently, I updated some parts of the manuscript for a friend and thought I’d post the updated manuscript. There aren’t too many changes. The main updates happened in the last half of the manuscript. I also updated the language of the manuscript overall to make it more appropriate as a written piece rather than a manuscript for speaking from. I’m hoping to use this as the core of one of the first books I’m working on that I’ll actually finish. After the break is the full “Table of Contents” for each part of the blog series I did going through each individual part of the manuscript. Those blog parts have not yet been updated. Here are the the updated full written Manuscript, the audio of my “lecture”, and an appendix with the Greek/Hebrew breakdown of the words for “Beauty” in the Bible.
For those that might run across this post in the future, the message mentioned in this post was written, given, and walked through part-by-part on this blog. You can see all these posts by clicking here.
So . . . I’m giving a talk in a few weeks on the topic of Beauty. The first section of the talk will be a discussion attempting to answer the question “What is Beauty?” To aid me in this I’d like to extend this question to the world at large. So, I’m asking all of you out there: what do you think beauty is?
Feel free to take your time or just give me the first thing that pops into your head, or even give me more than one idea if you want. This is totally open. Leave a comment. Email me. Facebook me. Whatever you want.
Or, leave a joke if you want – but only if it’s a good one. Here’s the dictionary definition for “Beauty” to get you started thinking:
the quality present in a thing or person that gives intense pleasure or deep satisfaction to the mind, whether arising from sensory manifestations (as shape, color, sound, etc.), a meaningful design or pattern, or something else (as a personality in which high spiritual qualities are manifest).
So, that’s what Dictionary.com thinks. What do you think Beauty is?
(art: “Madame Errazuriz” by John Singer Sargent)