"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
Timothy Willard loves to sit with his wife by the bonfire and make up stories about Tom the Backyard-Badger for his three lovely daughters. When he's not carving up the Appalachian Mountains on his Salsa El Mariachi, you can find him busy writing a book, collaborating on a book, or reading a book written by someone dead and gone. Timothy studied beauty in the works of C.S. Lewis under theologian Alister McGrath. The author of five books, including Veneer: Living Deeply in a Surface Society (Zondervan), Timothy is currently finishing The Life-Changing Adventure of Chasing Beauty (Eerdmans, 2019), preparing his doctoral thesis for publication, and trying to find a publisher for his first novel The Tempest and the Bloom. He lives somewhere in the south Charlotte woods.