What if there is more to beauty than meets the eye? What if beauty named more than the human response to a thing's appearance, but instead named the very presence of God in the world? And what if beauty provided a power enabling human beings to think in novel and creative ways, to see with new eyes? This book explores the various ways in which the Christian theological tradition has provided responses to these questions. Taking its starting point from the view that beauty is above all a divine name, this book explores the consequences that such a starting point has not only for the human experience of beauty but also for the way in which beauty penetrates to the very heart of human nature, uplifting and inspiring human thought and action to ever new frontiers of existence. In its experience of beauty, so this book argues, the human spirit encounters the divine presence in unexpected and transformative ways, such that one may come to see that not only is God beautiful, but God is beauty itself! ""Both the historical and conceptual range are impressive, with Sammon able to move from Hebrew scripture and Plato to the contemporary period while showing remarkable comfort with a wide range of religious and philosophical reflection on beauty. For such a short book the coverage is comprehensive, with digests of Augustine, Pseudo-Dionysius, and Bonaventure being especially compelling. The book displays real mastery
Called to Attraction was published by Cascade Books in October 2017. The ISBN for Called to Attraction is 9781620324691.