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The Evolution of Character and Beauty

"Beauty is the splendor of goodness."—Plato.

Those words were penned 427 B. C. Has the statement reached its fulfillment? Only in part, you say. True, neither goodness nor its resultant beauty have reached the ultimate. It has been left for the twentieth century to reach for it with heart-longing; the goodness and beauty have to wait on the twenty-fifth, the fiftieth, and oncoming centuries to unfold the richness of their meaning.

The philosopher had his observation and criterion to go by; let us see for ourselves what the early and Christian centuries show of this unfolding truth.