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Calvin, the Reformed Tradition and Modern Culture

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The relationship between Calvinism and the emergence of constitutional, liberal, limited or democratic government remains as disputed as ever. More recently, interesting and innovative work has been done on the connection between reformed religion and the various European legal systems and traditions. A significant issue is the relationship between the reformed tradition and the visual arts in ecclesiastical and religious contexts. The level of commitment to a particular religious tradition may be much more relevant to someone's economic attitudes than their formal adherence to that religion or its specific doctrines. Van den Brink suggests that much can be gained by ongoing scholarly collaboration aiming at a greater understanding of the multifaceted historical interactions that shaped both Calvinism and the emerging modern Western culture. The level of commitment to a particular religious tradition may be relevant to someone's economic attitudes than their formal adherence to that religion or its specific doctrines.

Keywords: calvinism; ecclesiastical context; European legal systems; modern western culture; reformed tradition; Van den Brink; visual arts

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