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Why Aesthetics?

The Art of Appreciating Beauty

Seeing the worldliness, sensuality, and even ugliness of modern art, Christians have largely left the artistic sphere to those who don’t know God.  The result is that Christians — and all members of society — are continually deluged with art and design that springs from philosophies hostile to Biblical truth.

The study of aesthetics at Geneva Academy is meant to encourage in students an appreciation for what is truly beautiful.  This appreciation is to be based on Biblical principles and to take the honor and glory of God as its primary focus.

Henry Van Til defined culture as religion externalized and made explicit. Students should be able to recognize the connection between cultural elements and their religious roots and to value them accordingly.  Moreover, students are taught to bring forth their own talents in preparation for the time when they might reshape culture with a Christian aesthetic.