Dr. Sammon Publishes New Book on Beauty and Theology

(March 2014)

What is beauty, and what does it have to do with Christian theology? In the sixth century, Dionysius the Areopagite declared beauty to be a name for God. This approach to beauty had a profound influence on Christian thought in the Middle Ages and manifests itself strongly in the work of Thomas Aquinas. InĀ The God Who Is Beauty: Beauty as a Divine Name in Thomas Aquinas and Dionysius the Areopagite(Pickwick Publications), Dr. Brendan Sammon examines both the historical development of beauty’s appropriation as a name for God in Dionysius and Thomas, and the various contours of what it means. William Desmond, a leading philosopher in both American and Europe, calls the book “engaging, lucid, insightful . . . an admirable debut by Sammon with a significant contribution to the field of theological aesthetics.”