The End of Beauty

We Christians do not swear by our altars or the precious metals that surround them; but we should focus on their purpose, their end. We build beautiful churches, design beautiful buildings, and care about our personal appearance for a reason. We who love the Lord cherish the stuff around us because it is his, and he has given it to us to honor him. In building our temples and in dressing ourselves and planning our cities, we conserve beauty because it raises our hearts to his truth and goodness. G.K. Chesterton says, “There are no rules of architecture for a castle in the clouds,” but if earth is just as full of the glory of God as heaven is, our aesthetic choices in a new world destined to be the domain of immortality matter just as much as Solomon’s choices did. Eternity is beautiful, and eternity begins here and now.

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Andrew Petiprin is a Catholic writer and former Episcopal priest. He is the author of Truth Matters: Knowing God and Yourself.