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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

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CALVINISM AND ART.

194

To

view therefore from

a higher platform the signifi-

cance of Calvinism to

art,

of these three points:

i.

to

develop

ait art-style

done

actually

for its

All would

be

well, if

2.

\vhat flows from

of art; and

what

3.

has

it

only Calvinism had developed Just as the Parthenon

own.

its

boasted of at Athens,

Saint Sophia

;

advancement.

an architectural style of is

in the investigation

Calvinism was not allowed oivn

its

for the nature

principle

its

why

of

me

follow

Pantheon

the

at

^ome,

the

Byzantium, the Cathedral at Cologne,

at

or the Saint Peter's at the Vatican, so also ought Cal-

vinism

be able to exhibit an impressive structure,

to

embodying not do

sured

considered

ascend to the same

is

And

proof of

that

it

did

artistic

its

understood as having

artistic

luxury, but

proved unable to accomplish

having

as

ideal.

its

sufificient

Of course Calvinism

poverty. tried to

the fulness of

all

this is

is

cen-

it;

its

barren inflexibility being the obstacle that prevented every higher aesthetical development.

And when

the humanist

boasts of the classic art of old Hellas, the Greek Church

of the then

by

and

Byzantian,

Calvinism

Rome

its

Gotic Cathedral,

looked upon as standing perplexed

is

the painful charge of having lessened the fulness of

human higJier

Now

life.

accusation,

I

in

opposition to this thoroughly unfair

maintain,

that for the very reason of

principle Calvinism

was not allowed

such an architectural style of this

of

its

own.

I

to

its

develop

was bound

in

connection to put architecture to the front, because

both in

classic

and

in so-called Christian art the abso-

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 198

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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