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Ravished by Beauty: The Surprising Legacy of Reformed Spirituality

Belden C. Lane


This book offers a new way of looking at the Reformed tradition. The older, traditional view of the Swiss/Scots/New England heritage had emphasized its harsh Calvinism, focusing on divine transcendence, predestination, strict moral discipline, and a distrust of beauty and ritual. In contrast, this study looks at the historical development—from John Calvin to Jonathan Edwards—of a theology of beauty and desire, expressed in the metaphors of the world as a theater of God's glory and nature as a school of desire. In doing so, it lays a theological foundation for an environmental ethic based on th ... More

Keywords: desire, environmental ethics, John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, Reformed, Puritans, earth, theater, beauty, and sexuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199755080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199755080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Belden C. Lane, author
Saint Louis University
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