On Christian sentimentality

“Disentangling beauty from sentimentality is unlikely to be accomplished until it is recognized that evil (as with God’s saving grace) cannot be accommodated within systems that seek to ‘make sense’ of all things within closed cosmological and metaphysical systems…

In a nutshell, Christian sentimentalism arises from a premature grasp for Easter morning, a refusal to follow the three days of Easter as three days in an irreversible sequence of victory over evil.”

(Jeremy S. Begbie, “Beauty, Sentimentality and the Arts,” in The Beauty of God)