Catholics/Beauty and God


As quoted by Plato: "Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder". Isn't true the supernatural and God also lies in the eye of the beholder?

Actually, this statement is not from Plato, but from at least a century later.  The statement is false.  The statement is an expression of the notion that beauty is subjective, not objective.  This was neither the belief of Plato nor of the Catholic Church, which condemns such a notion.

Beauty per se is an objective reality, which transcends any individual's personal opinion.  One might just as well says that truth or moral goodness is a matter of personal opinion.  It is not.  It is objective and can be analyzed according to strict philosophical and theological principles.

God too is an objective reality, not dependent upon an individual's personal opinion.  The Catholic Church condemns the concept that "God lies in the eye of the beholder" as the Error of Subjectivism.

An apple is an apple in reality, even if something erroneously thinks that it is an orange.  


All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Fr. Michael


A traditional Catholic priest, who provides forthright answers to questions FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF TRADITIONAL CATHOLICISM (not the New Order) on topics pertaining to TRADITIONAL Roman Catholicism, including theology, the Bible, Church history, the Latin language, liturgy (especially the Traditional Latin Mass), and music (especially Gregorian chant), and current events in the Catholic Church.

©2016 All rights reserved.