What on earth is "intrinsic beauty"?I don't care what colorful and emotional language you use the bottom line is that in a materialist world beauty is perception based. You perceive something to be beautiful because of a random colliding of chemicals in your brain. Within a Christian worldview beauty is an intrinsic quality possessed by both God and created things. When we view something as beautiful we are recognizing it's intrinsic value not merely experiencing a chemically stimulated emotional response.
Is there any objective basis for your type of "intrinsic beauty" that makes it more valid than another perspective?
And how is your "intrinsic beauty" differ from atheists/agnostics who also would claim that life is intrinsically beauty but just define it differently?
It certainly is.I don't know if I continue in this discussion if I'm going to have to continue to defend myself on these sorts of levels. It's exhausting.
(And, actually, with this, I think I'm done... because it's clear you don't like challenges to your assumptions, and also it has become rather than fleshpile and I do feel bad about that part, even if you sort of got yourself into it...)
@Iwakar: What would you like separated out?
(One reason it hasn't been separated is because it's been confusing to even know what the core thread is. It's not an easy split.)