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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND ART.

206

measures, by which, as he writes, to restore

instituted

man

fooHsh

this

to

The

sounder sense and reason.

bhnd prejudice against Sculpture, on the ground of the Second Commandment, Calvin declares unworthy of

He

refutation.

move

to

hearts and to ennoble tendencies and morals.

Among

the excellent favors of

and enjoyment,

And

rank.

power

exults in Music as a marvellous

occupies

it

for our recreation

his

mind the highest

even when art condescends to become the of mere

instrument

in

God

entertainment to the

he

masses,

asserts

that this sort of pleasure should not be denied

them.

In

view of

esteemed or,

he

we may

especially, as a gift of the

grasped the profound

fully

upon the end

this

life

finally,

viz.,

life,

Now

if

this

man

this sinful

implied

this brief

and drink

it

the noble

a higher reality than was

and corrupted world.

nothing

have no conclusive value ally developped,

we

yea even of common

beyond the personal

interpretation of Calvin, his testimony

when we observe

it

that so far from considering art as

vocation of disclosing to

by

by

that

a mere imitation of nature, he attributed to

offered to us

art

of the emotions; that he appreciated the

at the fountain of higher pleasures,

and

that

worked by

might glorify God, and ennoble human

sport;

of God,

gift

Holy Ghost;

effects

which art has been given,

for

a

Calvin

that

say,

in all its ramifications, as

art,

more

all

would of course

for Calvinism in general.

But

that Calvin himself was not artistic-

and that therefore he must have derived

system of Aesthetics from

his principles,

he

may

be credited with having expounded the Calvinistic consideration of art as such.

To go

direct to the heart of the quest-

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Calvinism - pagina 210

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