TCL3310EN - Theology of Beauty

Course description

An exploration of a biblical theology of beauty. The nature of beauty, and the aesthetic dimension more broadly considered, is the starting point. The student focuses on considering an aspect of God’s self-revelation generally overlooked when we speak about the doctrines of creation, fall, incarnation, redemption, and consummation, namely, the “aesthetic” aspect.

How this course benefits students

Some cultures have a greater, and certainly different, understanding of beauty and how it should be expressed. The missional student inevitably encounters what they may initially deem to be offensive, crass, or vulgar, or moving, inspiring, and enchanting. This course gives students a Biblical foundation for engaging and evaluating a variety of cultural aesthetic understandings.

Why this course is important

Theological aesthetics is grounded in the beauty of the character and creative nature of God. Expressions of beauty are an example of the diversity of God’s creation. This course helps the student understand, appreciate, and engage in cultural expressions of beauty from a Biblical perspective and with a missional heart.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Cultural Theology
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

The concept of beauty is grounded in the nature of God, who also created all things good. The course examines beauty as understood and sought out in Scripture.

Missionally driven

Aesthetics is not usually thought of as being missional; however, all cultures and peoples have concepts of beauty, which provide points of contact and relationship and bridges for the gospel story.

Contextually informed

The course examines aesthetics in context; i.e. definition, understandings, applications, and practice.

Interculturally focused

The course examines both supra-cultural theological aesthetics and beauty as found in various cultures.

Practically minded

This course equips students with some practical resources to engage others missionally through theological aesthetics.

Experientially transformed

The student explores and experiences theological and contextual aesthetics.