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CALVINISM AND ART.

205

which laughs at the whispering of conscience, must

art

end

in

the

Greeks

for

instance,

an unlovely discord quite exalted

their

in

different

The

kalokagathos.

Calvinism arrayed

that

from what

itself

fact,

against

all

unholy play with woman's honour, and stigmatized every form of immoral

enjoyment as a degradation,

artistic

All this properly de-

therefore outside our scope.

lies

nounces the abuse, while with

question

the

lawful use of art

it

the

of

carries

no weight whatever

lawful

use.

And

that the

was not opposed, but encouraged and

even recommended, by Calvin himself, his own words readily

When

prove.

appearance

of

art,

the Scripture mentions the first

who

in the tents of Jubal,

invented

and organ, Calvin emphatically reminds us

the harp

that this passage treats of ''excellent gifts of the

He

Spirit."

that

declares

had enriched Jubal and ments.

And

powers

of

clares,

in

from

God and

According

Divine inventions." things

cious

of the

Holy Ghost.

the

are

In

natural all

to

to

life

endow-

inventive

testimonies still,

commentaries on Exodus, that

his

come

arts

evident

these

More emphatically

bounty.

Divine

the

that

states

most

prove

art

God

the artistic instinct

in

his posterity with rare

he frankly

Holy

be

he dethe

'•'all

respected

Calvin,

we owe

of

these

as

pre-

originally to

Liberal Arts, in the most as

well as in the least important, the praise and glory of

God

are to be enhanced.

The

arts,

says he, have been

given us for our comfort, in this our depressed estate of

life.

nature

They by the

at Geneva,

react against the corruption of curse.

When

life

his colleague, Prof.

took up arms against

art,

and Cop,

Calvin purposely

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