This paper synthesizes the covenantal theology and metaphysics of Donald Keefe with the cosmological metaphysics and theology that he critiques. I begin by contending that Donald Keefe’s covenantal theology and metaphysics should be understood as a theological aesthetics, in the sense of that phrase given by Hans Urs von Balthasar. After showing that Keefe’s project is aesthetic and defending his central claims by appeal to phenomenological evidence, I consider his critiques of the cosmologies of Plato, Aristotle, and the Thomists. Just as Keefe’s project is fundamentally aesthetic, so cosmological metaphysics is founded on and facilitates certain aesthetic experiences. I argue that a theology and a metaphysics that is fully adequate to describing, explaining, and facilitating the perception of all of reality must include both covenantal and cosmological aspects. I use aesthetic considerations to synthesize Keefe’s project with the accounts he critiques; I show how the main claims of both views can be simultaneously accepted, by showing the compatibility of their core accounts of beauty and perception. My aesthetic synthesis is accomplished by drawing on the work of John Duns Scotus, Gregory Palamas, and Jean-Luc Marion.


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