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How Can Beauty & Culture Save the World? | R. Jared Staudt, PhD

How Can Beauty & Culture Save the World? | R. Jared Staudt, PhD

“Beauty will save the world,” or so it is related in Dostoyevsky’s The Idiot. From a Catholic perspective, beauty and culture can be a powerful tool for evangelization. But how does beauty move us towards higher things?

Joining us today is longtime CE contributor Dr. R. Jared Staudt. Dr. Staudt’s latest book, Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture, dives into this and other subjects. In this short discussion, we talk about the impact beauty can have on the soul and how we can use the Catholic culture to build communities and reach out to our world.

Other Subjects We Discuss:

  • How beauty saves us from an ugly and disordered culture.
  • How the beautiful things we experience take us beyond themselves.
  • The saints who showed beauty in their works and life.
  • The beauty of sacrifice in marriage.
  • The ways we can begin to evangelize our culture.

R. Jared Staudt, PhD is Associate Superintendent for Mission and Formation in the Archdiocese of Denver and Visiting Associate Professor for the Augustine Institute. He is author of Restoring Humanity: Essays on the Evangelization of Culture (Divine Providence Press) and The Beer Option (Angelico Press) and the editor of Renewing Catholic Schools: How to Regain a Catholic Vision in a Secular Age (Catholic Education Press). He and his wife Anne have six children and he is a Benedictine oblate.