Reformed Theology and Visual Culture:  The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to EdwardsReformed Theology and Visual Culture: The Protestant Imagination from Calvin to Edwards
William A. Dyrness

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William Dyrness explores the roots of Reformed theology from sixteenth-century Geneva to seventeenth and eighteenth-century Puritan New England. Though this tradition impeded development of particular visual forms, Dyrness argues that it encouraged others, especially in areas of popular culture and the order of family and community. Exploring the theology of Calvin and others, Dyrness demonstrates how the tradition created a new aesthetic of simplicity, inwardness and order to express underlying theological commitments.
     

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List of Figures

Preface

1. Introduction: imagination, theology and visual culture

2. Medieval faith and the ambiguity of sight

3. John Calvin: seeing God in the preached word

4. England and the visual culture of the reformation

5. William Ames, John Cotton and seventeenth-century puritanism

6. Seventeenth-century visual culture

7. Jonathan Edwards: the world as image and shadow

Epilogue

Bibliography

Index