Art as Authentic Witness
Narrative, Symbol, and Ritual
Calvin, the Arts, & Worship
It is a commonly held perception that John Calvin was opposed to the arts. Colin Harbinson has adapted this chapter from One of the Richest Gifts by the late John Wilson, in which the influential reformer is seen to have a high regard for the arts in everyday life. However, while acknowledging historical context and valid concerns, Wilson questions Calvin’s contention that public worship is not the proper sphere for the arts and offers his own perspective.
Lausanne “Redeeming the Arts” Paper
Following a two-year global inquiry, the arts were identified along with thirty other issues as significant for the church in the 21st century. The Lausanne Committee for World Evangelization commissioned a Lausanne Occasional Paper (LOP) to address the engagement of the arts within the life and mission of the church.