"When Oscar Wilde and the aesthetic movement declared art to be immoral they undid the final stitches that bound beauty to her ancient sisters goodness and truth. In this week's Sunday Feature, Ben Quash, Professor of Christianity and the Arts at Kings College, London argues that beauty has now become a concept in exile, one that we hesitate to use.
"He goes on to explore the idea that we can recover confidence in the word because it names an experience of recognition and communion between us and the world.
"Ben traces beauty through London Fashion Week, the editorial offices of British Vogue Magazine, the National Trust gardens at Sissinghurst, a medieval church on the Welsh Marches with the curator and historian Sir Roy Strong, and an exhibition by the contemporary artist Raqib Shaw. And he discovers what neuroscience is revealing about the relationship between brain activity and aesthetic appreciation."
Producer: Caroline Donne
Tim's authored four books, including the children's book Shine So Bright and the critically acclaimed Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society. He studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis for his PhD under Alister McGrath. When he's not scratching poetry, or chasing the scholar's craft, you can find him carving up the trails of the nearest national forest on his Salsa El Mariachi 29er.
He lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife and three pixie-daughters, and two acres of Great Horned Owls.