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Styles and Stages of Faith and Art I: The Next Stage

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158724.003.0008
Styles and Stages of Faith and Art I: The Next Stage

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This chapter notes that it is not impossible that Christians would go to church merely for the music instead of focusing on the doctrines contained in the hymns. John Donne, Anglican preacher and poet, however, wanted to become a part of the music himself as he believed that he would be serving God by being his instrument in praise and in worship. In doing this, he realized that he needed first to tune his most fundamental instrument in praising God—his soul. He believed that being musical did not rely merely on God's gifts but because God deserved to be praised. Donne expressed something that probably all Christians should practice, not necessarily through music but more on focusing on glorifying God. This chapter shows that aesthetic taste can in fact be molded in a way that it could be appreciative and critical, even from a religious viewpoint.

Keywords: Christians; music; John Donne; worship; glorifying God; God; aesthetic taste; religious viewpoint

Chapter.  15657 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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