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John Calvin on the World as a Theater of God's Glory

Belden C. Lane

in Ravished by Beauty

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199755080
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199894956 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755080.003.0004
 John Calvin on the World as a Theater of God's Glory

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John Calvin's metaphor of the world as a theater of God's glory is developed in this chapter. After reflecting on the Genevan Reformer's use of the theater as a metaphor in his theology and outlining his theology of creation, the author builds on Susan Schreiner's earlier study of Calvin's belief in the fragility of the natural world. His rich theology of the liturgy (drawn from the Psalms) emphasized the power of praise in helping to maintain the stability of the earth. Worship, in Calvin's thinking, has a performative and constitutive character that brings into being the life it extols. It honors God as Lord of creation, stresses the importance of worship as a life-sustaining performance, and celebrates the earth in its fostering a desire for God's beauty.

Keywords: John Calvin; theater; creation; praise; beauty; liturgy; ritual; performance; preaching; earth at risk; creatures

Chapter.  11613 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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