Ecumenical Taste: The Case of Music

Frank Burch Brown

in Good Taste, Bad Taste, & Christian Taste

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195158724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849567 | DOI:
Ecumenical Taste: The Case of Music

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Musicians, even those who participate in church activities and worship, do not usually make a habit of reading and studying theology. They would probably only consider the insights of a particular theologian if the theologian had something to say about music. It was believed that Augustine promoted the notion that “singing meant praying twice”, although there may have been a chance that he did not say this at all. What Augustine wanted to point out is that, in the case of Psalms, such teachings are more appreciated and given attention when sung instead of merely being spoken. This chapter points out that it is possible that through music, people may develop a taste for other forms of worship like through song as well-performed acts of music can even evoke images of heaven and that God listens to well-played music.

Keywords: musicians; theology; music; religious music; Augustine; praying twice; sung worship

Chapter.  18661 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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