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I. History of the Concept – II. Bible and Theology – III. Systematic and Practical Theology

I. History of the Concept

Beauty – Gk τὸ καλόν/tó kalón, Lat. pulchritudo/pulcher, Ger. die Schönheit, Fr. la beauté – is the positive aesthetic attraction which an object exercises on the beholder by virtue of its felicitous form. In contemplative, aesthetic, and erotic experience beauty is experienced as harmonious and stimulating, as…

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Recki, Birgit, Oeming, Manfred and Pfleiderer, Georg, “Beauty”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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