The Beauty of Jesus Christ: Filling out a Scheme of St Augustine
Yesterday, the chaplain to the Order’s Subpriory of the Immaculate Conception, Gerald O’Collins SJ AC, launched his 75th published title.
The online event was hosted by another chaplain of the Order, Very Rev Dr Kevin Lenehan, and was attended by members and friends of the Order.
His latest book, The Beauty of Jesus Christ: Filling out a Scheme of St Augustine, anchors its account of the beauty of Jesus Christ to a scheme found in St Augustine of Hippo’s Expositions of the Psalms. There Augustine recognized the beauty of Christ at every stage-from his pre-existence (‘beautiful in heaven’), through his incarnation, the public ministry (‘beautiful in his miracles, beautiful in calling to life’), passion, crucifixion, burial, resurrection (‘beautiful in taking up his life again’), and glorious life ‘in heaven’. Augustine never filled out this laconic summary by writing a work on Christ and his beauty.
The Beauty of Jesus Christ seems to be the first attempt in Christian history to write a comprehensive account of the beauty of Christ in the light of Augustine’s list and is available for purchase online at Amazon.