We can detect objective beauty…

Despite varying tastes, disagreements, and gray areas, we can detect objective beauty in the world. To reduce beauty to mere subjective judgments (“beauty is in the eye of the beholder”) is clearly false and counterintuitive. Consider obvious, staggering examples of beauty: New England’s fall foliage, Brazil’s Iguazu Falls, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area on the Minnesota- Ontario border—or, more generally, crashing ocean waves, tropical sunsets, evergreen forests, glacial lakes, rugged mountains, new-fallen snow in the countryside, starry skies, deep canyons, coral reefs. Then consider the contrasts: a pile of tennis shoes or a junkyard. Furthermore, beautiful scientific theories aren’t subjective; this is evidenced by their yielding fruitful, accurate predictions. Additionally, art appreciators know people can be trained or attuned to detect and grasp subtle beauty and elegance—just as logic and humility are needed to grasp and appreciate philosophical and theological truths

Paul Copan, from Loving Wisdom, kindle location 1386

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