Thursday, June 19, 2008

Beauty Cannot Logically Exist

In a truly naturalistic world, beauty cannot logically exist. Here is why. Beauty implies an ideal. The concept of beauty suggests standards that an object must meet or approach to achieve perfection. The more nearly an object comes to matching the ideal for its kind, the more beautiful it is. But in a naturalistic world with no absolutes (see blogs #10 and #11), no such ideals or standards are possible. What is merely is; there is no such thing as what ought to be. We must have a standard that defines what ought to be before we can evaluate whether a form meets that standard. But in a world without God, all forms and functions are in a state of perpetual change, drifting on the currents of natural selection, punctuated equilibrium, mutation and endless adaptation.

We cannot freeze the evolutionary frame and claim that at any given moment a given form is ideal. In a world of such fluctuation, we can have no fixed, absolute standards to which we can expect anything to conform. We can have no beauty without such standards, no standards without absolutes, and no absolutes without God. If the naturalists are right, true beauty cannot exist, for you cannot find a fixed, unchanging standard to which beauty should measure up.

1 comment:

Spears Art Studio, Inc. said...

All your discourses on beauty are more excellent than anything else I've encountered. You take an illusive concept, and apply sound logical thinking to something that is not logical. Your conclusions should convince even a naturalist that your logic supersedes their thinking if they would just be honest with themselves. The naturalist view offers no hope of anything, not even appreciating the nature they claim to observe. It is without hope. Beauty at least offers hope. I'm looking forward to more of your thoughts on beauty.