Religious traditions and philosophies across world history have faced the question of how to represent or picture the sacred. This means addressing whether divinity or holiness can be visible at all, or whether truth must keep out of sight, accessible only through language or inner experience. To explore the possibilities of divine visibility, we will read broadly across sources from classical philosophy, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Along the way, we will compare the different justifications for or prohibitions against putting divine truth on display. Doing so prepares us to consider the power of images in contemporary mass media and question the relationship between beauty and deception.
- Instructor: Klaus Yoder