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Die saamspeel van hand, oog en passie: gedagtes oor erotiek en estetika

DP Veldsman
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 27, No 1 | a149 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v27i1.149 | © 2006 DP Veldsman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 21 September 2006 | Published: 17 November 2006

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In critical dismissal on the one hand of the viewpoint of Augustine on original sin, and on the other hand of a proposed viewpoint with regard to a theology of God’s good creation, this article explores the intimate interwoveness of aesthetics, erotism and religious experience. The basic communication structure of sender-message-receiver is taken as vantage point and translated into questions regarding the artist, the medium and  the enjoyer of art / art critic. Against a historical-terminological background of aesthetics and erotism from Plato and Aristotle to contemporary views, a theological viewpoint is developed  in playful metaphoric utilization of the concepts hand, eye and passion. Passion is acquitted in this viewpoint in which hamartological short-sightedness is replaced by loving far-sightedness.


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