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Calvin Seerveld is November First Mondays Speaker

October 22, 2013

A prolific writer, speaker, and educator, Dr. Calvin Seerveld has dedicated his life to the study of aesthetics, redemptive art, and biblical wisdom. Now a professor emeritus at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto, Seerveld has devoted himself to reformational scholarship and service since the early 1950s. On Monday November 4, Seerveld will share themes from his book How to Read the Bible to hear God Speak, updated for today’s college students, as part of the Dordt College’s First Mondays Speaker Series.

At 11 a.m. in the B.J. Haan Auditorium at Dordt College, Seerveld will present “How HOT is your Bible?”—a look at the language of the Bible, illustrating the rough bite of Scripture, which he says is too often domesticated. Seerveld will use the Psalms to depict the importance of God’s tone, whether harsh or soothing, in understanding his Word. The audience is encouraged to bring a Bible to this presentation.

At 7:30 p.m. in the Ribbens Academic Complex classroom CL1144/1148, Seerveld will present “The Meaning of our Nakedness,” an illustrated lecture exploring the God-intended and the sin-warped sides of human nakedness and of “free love” depicted through art. The lecture will conclude with time for open discussion of the topic.

Seerveld has long championed the role of the arts and of aesthetics in the Christian community. In his book, Rainbows for a Fallen World, he argues that “aesthetic obedience is required of everyone by the Lord—artist or not.” Seerveld is the author of several books including Voicing God’s Psalms, A Christian Critique of Art and Literature, and Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art. Six volumes of his lectures and articles are scheduled for release by Dordt College Press later this fall.

The First Mondays Speaker Series brings opinion-leaders, writers, and thinkers to campus to challenge students, faculty, and staff to stretch their imaginations, grow in understanding, act boldly, and re-creatively serve God’s kingdom. The First Mondays Speaker Series is sponsored by the Dordt College Andreas Center for Reformed Scholarship and Service.

Both presentations are free and open to the public.

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