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six Stone-lectures

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CALVINISM AND ART.

220

development

historical

its

To

Almighty God. humanity

this

is

to

end

He

of

has ordained for this

sorts of life-utterances,

all

name

the

glorify

and among

these,

Art

reveals

ordinances of creation which neither science, nor

politics,

a

occupies

art

nor religious light.

own

She

even

nor

life,

bring to

can

revelation

a plant that grows and blossoms

is

and

root,

independant place.

quite

have required

denying that

without

plant

this

may

of a temporary support, and

help

the

upon her

that in early times the church lent this prop in a very excellent

way,

yet

the" Calvinistic principle

demanded

that this plant of earth should at length acquire strength

stand

to in

alone

and vigorously to extend

And

every direction.

branches

thus Calvinism confessed that,

inasmuch as the Greeks had

by which the growth of

its

first

discovered the laws

this art-plant

is

governed, they

therefore remain entitled to bind every further growth

and every new impulse of sical

Not

development.

art to their

first,

their clas-

for the sake of stopping short

with Greece, or of adopting her Paganistic form without Art,

criticism.

her at

origin,

the

been

like

Science, cannot afford to tarry at

but must ever develop herself more richly,

same time purging

herself of whatsoever

falsely intermingled with the earlier plant.

law of her growth and

life,

when once

remain the fundamental law of art

had

Only, the

discovered, must

for ever; a law, not

imposed upon her from without, but sprung from her

own

nature.

and cleaving

And

by loosening every unnatural

to every tie that

inward strength liberty.

so,

required

is

for

natural, art

the

must

tie,

find the

maintenance of her

Calvin therefore does not estrange

art, science,

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