International Institute for Culture

 
LECTURE ON BOOK "THE DANGERS OF BEAUTY" BY AUTHOR MICHAEL JONES
 

 
TIME:
 
September 16, 2022    7:30 PM       
 
EVENT DESCRIPTION:
 
Join us for a lecture by author E. Michael Jones on his latest book "The Dangers of Beauty". A longtime resident of South Bend, Indiana, Jones originally hails from Philadelphia and wrote a major biography of Cardinal John Krol. The "Dangers of Beauty" is a grand review through art history from a traditional Catholic perspective- beginning with Giotto's liberation of Italian art from the tyranny of Greek Models, through music in Germany, poetry in England and the decline of all forms of art under the modernist interregnum. 
 
The lecture will be followed by Q&A with Dr. Jones, and copies of "The Dangers of Beauty" will be available for purchase and author signature. 
 
Sample from "The Dangers of Beauty": 
 
After a few centuries of meditation on passages in Scripture like “Logos is with God,” the Church Fathers came to understand that the One was made up of three Persons united in love to each other. Their love for each other was so intense that it overflowed into the creation and love of the universe where it became apparent as beauty, leading Augustine to conclude that “beauty originates from God Himself.” 
 
The fate of the social order depends on the soul’s ability to apprehend this beauty because beauty like truth and goodness is a transcendental and is coextensive with being. If the souls of the young were trained to love beauty, then “the effluence” of its “fair works” would “flow into the eye and ear, like a health-giving breeze from a purer region, and insensibly draw the soul from earliest years into likeness and sympathy with the beauty of reason.” 
 
Art by its nature involves what Aristotle called mimesis, by which he meant imitation of nature. Art “imitates the divine and ideal order of things” which goes by the name of logos. If, as Plato taught, artists were gifted enough to discern beauty “amid fair sights and sounds,” if they could convey that skill in recognizing and creating beauty to young people, they would “dwell in a land of health” and “receive the good in everything.”
 

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