Laura A. Smit: Beauty as Iconoclast

Date(s) - June 14, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Regent College Chapel

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The Reformed tradition is famous, or perhaps infamous, for iconoclasm, but it need not follow that the Reformed tradition is hostile to beauty. Rather, iconoclastic traditions have a different understanding of beauty than those that are icon affirming. This lecture will consider the theology of beauty found in three iconoclastic traditions—the Cistercian, the Shaker, and the Reformed—with a view toward recapturing aspects of these theologies for a 21st-century context.

This lecture is part of our 2017 Summer Evening Public Lecture series. 

Rev. Dr. Laura A. Smit is Professor of Theology at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI, where she has been teaching since 1999. She is an ordained pastor in ECO: A Covenant Order of Evangelical Presbyterians, as well as in the CRCNA. Her current research interests are focused on the thought of C. S. Lewis.

Dr. Smit will be teaching the class “Theology of Beauty” from June 5–16, 2017 as part of our 2017 Summer Programs. Learn more at

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