June 3, 2009 / Praxis
This essay explores the origins of our definitions of beauty.
In this issue, we will examine how beauty is understood in our culture and faith communities, exposing false caricatures of beauty and highlighting those instances of beauty that move us toward the divine. We hope this issue in some small way forces open our deafness and shows us how that Beauty, so ancient and so new, might pierce us, transform us, and color our world with peace.
In this lyrical essay, Jessie van Eerden reflects on her upbringing in a rural West Virginia church and wonders “if the words of our childhood faith-lives—words like worship, praise, holiness—have any real clout for us when we really stare them in the face as adults and when, out of the corner of our eyes, we see more and more brokenness in the world.”