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six lectures delivered in the Theological Seminary at Princeton.

1 minuut leestijd

CALVINISM AND ART.

2l6

was Calvinism which prompted the which

spirited impulse

was won, and, by

the victory

by

indefatigable

its

perseverance, has put an end to the unjustified tutelage

of the church over

Meanwhile

I

human

all

life,

art included.

grant that this outcome would

readily

have been purely accidental,

if

Calvinism had not, at

human When, under Victor Emmanuel, with the help of Garibaldi, Italy was made free, the day of liberty also dawned for the Waldenses, in Middle and Southern Italy, but neither the Re g(ilaiituoino, the same time, led to a deeper interpretation of

life

and so of human

nor

Garibaldi,

Thus

art.

had even thought of the Waldensians.

were possible that

it

in its struggle for

human

liberty Calvinism also cut the tie that thus far held art

a

do

but without having in the least intended to

captive,

by

this,

must

still

virtue

illustrate

cides the case.

I

your

to

attention

Calvinistic in

this

which

is

of

And

principle.

therefore

I

have already, more than once, called important

the

doctrine of

lecture

its

the second factor, which alone de-

on

"common

art,

I

must

to be ecclesiastical

of the

significance

grace", and of course

refer to

it

again.

That

must bear the stamp of faith,

therefore genuine Christian art can only go out from believers.

Calvinism, on the contrary, has taught us that

liberal arts are gifts

believers

and to unbelievers, yea,

these gifts outside

the

have flourished even holy

circle.

Light," he wrote, "shone lieving people than

all

which God imparts promiscuously to that, as history in

a larger

shows,

measure

"These radiations of Divine

more

brilliantly

among God's

saints."

among unbe-

And

this of

course quite reverses the proposed order of things.

If

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zondag 1 januari 1899

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Calvinism a life-system - pagina 220

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