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Beauty and Meaning publishes, for the first time, the sixteenth T. S. Eliot Memorial Lectures, written and delivered by The Most Reverend Metropolitan Anthony Bloom at the University of Kent, Canterbury, United Kingdom, on consecutive evenings from the 1st to the 4th of November 1982.


The first lecture addresses Meaning, and the ways we relate to things only insofar as they mean something to us. In the second and third lectures, Metropolitan Anthony discusses Beauty and its moral characteristics. The fourth lecture considers Ugliness, its significance and creative potential. These remarkable texts recall the profound spiritual wisdom, the wit and the compassion, of one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers and broadcasters on the Christian life.


The book is enhanced with a Foreword by former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and helpful footnotes by the collection’s editor, James Heywood.


Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh was appointed vicar of the Russian patriarchal parish in London in 1950, consecrated as Bishop in 1957 and, in 1962, as Archbishop, in charge of the Russian Orthodox Church in Great Britain and Ireland. In 1963 he was appointed Exarch of the Moscow Patriarchate in Western Europe, and in 1966 was raised to the rank of Metropolitan. Among his acclaimed works are the books Living Prayer, School for Prayer and God and Man.

Beauty and Meaning

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