Saturday, January 14, 2012

Scriptural evidence for the Transcendentals

 Not only all good things are God's, but they are good insofar as they participate/relate to /reflect Him, who is Good (Mark 10:18). The same goes for truth--all truth is God's truth, because a thing is true  insofar as it participates/relates to /reflects Him who is the Truth (John 14:6). Again, it can be said of beauty--a thing is beautiful *insofar* as it participates/relates to /reflects God's beauty (Ps.27:4). 

But if God is One (Deut. 6:4), and if He is Goodness, Beauty, and Truth (as per above)   then that means that Keats is right: those three "transcendentals" are "convertible." Truth is beauty, beauty is truth, and so on. Or to put it another way, whenever we find goodness, we will also find beauty and truth; whenever we find truth, we will also find goodness and beauty, etc.

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