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six Stone-lectures

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND

94

God

Neither

Himself.

How

imagination.

is

there

Ts-FLIGION.

any

special evil in dramatic

highly did Milton appreciate Shakes-

peare's

Drama, and did not he himself write

form?

Nor

did

the

dramatic

evil lie in public theatrical repre-

Public performances were given for

sentations, as such. all

in

the people at Geneva, in the Market Place, in Calvin's

and

time,

No, that which offended

approval.

w^ith his

our ancestors was not the comedy or tragedy, nor should

have

been the opera, as a rule

vv'hich

was demanded of actors and

amusement

for the

but the moral sacrifice

in itself,

of the public.

A

actresses,

theatrical troop, in

those days especially, stood, morally, rather low.

low moral standard resulted partly from the

and

constant

the

ever-changing presentation

This

fact that

of

the

character of another person, finally hampers the moul-

ding of your personal character;

and

partly because

our modern Theatres, unlike the Greek, have introduced the presence of

which a

God

woman

entrusts

to

very

few large

well

gauged by the measure

jeopardizes the most sacred treasures her,

proachable conduct. is

the stage, the prosperity of

Theatre being too often

the in

women on

her

stainless

name, and

irre-

Certainly, a strictly moral Theatre

conceivable; but with the exception of a

cities,

such Theatres would neither be sufficiently

patronized nor could exist financially

remains that, taking

all

;

and the actual

Hict

the world over, the prosperity

of a Theatre often increases in proportion to the moral

degradation

Caine

in

sad truth

of the

his

''^Christian''

— the

the cost of

Too

actors.

often therefore

corroborated once more the

prosperity of Theatres

manly

— Hall

character,

is

purchased at

and of female purity.

And

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism - pagina 98

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 279 Pagina's

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