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Calvinism and Culture - Irving Hexham

Calvinism and Culture: A Historical Perspective

by Irving Hexham
First published in Crux, Vol. XV, No. 4, December, 1979:14-19
There is a story about a Dutch Reformed elder who, in objecting to an argument about the value of introducing guitars into church, told the assembled church council that they were being superficial. When asked to explain he vehemently declared that they ought to have begun with “Adam and the Fall”. His contribution may not have helped that particular argument very much, but it does focus attention on the true starting point for any discussion of Christ and culture from a Calvinistic perspective.