The Beauty of Repetition, or: How to Become a Friend of Job

A Response to William Desmond
  • Renée D. N. van RiessenEmail author
Part of the New Approaches to the Scientific Study of Religion book series (NASR, volume 5)


In reaction to William Desmond’s article, “The Shine on Things,” I argue firstly that Desmond’s approach is on some point similar to the approach of early idealism, and secondly, that the intrinsic connection Desmond perceives between beauty, order, and creation leaves no room for experiences of a reality that is outside of order. Using Kierkegaard’s account of the biblical story of Job I argue that Christian philosophy should be responsive to experiences of God that are not similar to experiences of order in the first place.


Art Beauty Creation William Desmond John Donne Herman Dooyeweerd Lucian Freud Sigmund Freud Sander Griffioen God Interruption Job Søren Kierkegaard Primo Levi Emmanuel Levinas Immanuel Kant Repetition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Protestantse Theologische UniversiteitGroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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