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June 25, 2013

The True, the Good and the Beautiful

The true, the good and the beautiful, but not necessarily in that order. For the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview, I’m John Stonestreet with The Point.

The Christian view of reality offers the only solid grounding for the true, the good, and the beautiful – the perennial quest of philosophy through the ages.  A God who has revealed his Will and himself grounds truth,  the God who whose nature is good grounds the moral law and the God who expressed Himself in the world he made grounds beauty. From this ground we can lead skeptics to a confrontation with God.

Our method has been to start by proclaiming truth and then move to defend the notion of the good and the beautiful. But a friend suggested recently that for millennials, we need to reverse that order. Begin with the beautiful, he says, and show why its good, and let that lead to truth. It’s an interesting suggestion, and one worth parsing out more.  For example, with marriage, one wonders if we might get further with millennials if we could  demonstrate the beauty of marriage before arguing for the truth of it. For, I’m John Stonestreet.

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