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Religions 2017, 8(4), 51; doi:10.3390/rel8040051

Teaching Music in the Reformed/Calvinist Tradition: Sphere Sovereignty and the Arts

Music Department, Dordt College, 498 4th Ave NE, Sioux Center, IA 51250, USA
Academic Editor: Christopher Metress
Received: 8 February 2017 / Revised: 24 March 2017 / Accepted: 28 March 2017 / Published: 31 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Teaching the Reformations)
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This article shares objectives, teaching methods, and sources of inspiration as I lead 21st-century students in engaging a Reformed/Calvinistic vision for the arts generally, and music specifically. Special explanation is made of Calvinistic concepts such as sphere sovereignty and sensus divinitatis. To conclude, I discuss aspects of a recent composition titled The God of Material Things by Jonathan Posthuma, a graduate of our college music program, whose work exemplifies many of the elements that my colleagues and I hope distinguish the accomplishments of music students beyond their education at Dordt College. View Full-Text
Keywords: music; Calvinism; sphere sovereignty, reformed theology, Sensus Divinitatis; arts education music; Calvinism; sphere sovereignty, reformed theology, Sensus Divinitatis; arts education
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MacInnis, J. Teaching Music in the Reformed/Calvinist Tradition: Sphere Sovereignty and the Arts. Religions 2017, 8, 51.

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