Some religious traditions – such as Lutheran, Wesleyan, and Eastern Orthodox – have aesthetically rich resources on which to draw for the renewal of arts in everyday life. In contrast, Calvinism has generally been suspicious of the arts.
The Bible says in part of James 5:16 AMP, The heartfelt and persistent prayer of a righteous man (believer) can accomplish much [when put into action and made effective by God—it is dynamic and can have tremendous power]....Our prayers may sound week sometimes but we should take courage that the power is not in the one praying , The power is…
The essays in this volume attempt to explore new avenues of thought about Calvinism's relation to the arts. Part historical, part theological, and part practical, they offer a wide-ranging exploration of neo-Calvinism's relationship to the arts, both at a general level and in connection with specific art forms. Overall they suggest that the neo-Calvinism espoused by Abraham Kuyper can and should make more of the arts than the traditional view of Reformed Christianity might be thought to allow.
Contributors: Clifford B. Anderson John Barber James D. Bratt Michael Bräutigam Janet Danielson Neal DeRoo John De Soto James Eglinton Matthew Kaemingk Jennifer Wang William Baltmanis Whitney Albert M. Wolters
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