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Overview

Starting in the late-Victorian period, American society began to question the existence of beauty. Overtime our culture accepted the notion that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” Despite warnings by writers such as CS Lewis (Abolition of Man), Christians had adopted this idea by the mid-1950’s. Early on this move was seen as freeing to the individual. In fact, the loss of objective beauty led many Christian to adopt a reactive and statist solution to cultural problems. Traditional Christians became what they were accused of being. There are good philosophical and theological reasons to return to objective beauty and even better cultural ones.