Music and Morals: Dispelling the Myth That Music is Amoral

Music and Morals: Dispelling the Myth That Music is Amoral

by Kimberly Smith
     
 

Music and Morals examines the effects music has on the listener, putting to rest the myth that music is amoral.

Chapter Summaries:

Chapter One: Music and Morals—By showing how music is used successfully by the film industry to create moods and convey morality, the fact is established that music is a powerful entity and should

Overview

Music and Morals examines the effects music has on the listener, putting to rest the myth that music is amoral.

Chapter Summaries:

Chapter One: Music and Morals—By showing how music is used successfully by the film industry to create moods and convey morality, the fact is established that music is a powerful entity and should not be considered amoral by the Church.

Chapter Two: Nature: A Musical Creation?—Explores the possibility theorized by early mathematicians and astronomers, as well as some 20th century scientists, that all of creation is designed to fit into the musical law of harmonics.

Chapter Three: How Music Affects the Mind—Drawing from recent scientific research, facts are given how music affects the mind in both positive and negative ways.

Chapter Four: How Music Affects Behavior and Emotions—More scientific research shows how our emotions and behavior are controlled by music.

Chapter Five: Christian Lyrics Cannot Change Immoral Music—Secular songwriters admit that lyrics don't always matter, that the music can convey a message apart from the lyrics. Also discussed: "text painting," which means that the music should match what the words are trying to say; that is, moral or Christian lyrics should be paired with moral music.

Chapter Six: The Power of Rhythm—Secular sources affirm that certain rhythms can cause entrainment, trance, altered mind states, and demonic possession.

Chapter Seven: Musical Intent and Manipulation—Shows how specific rock music techniques are purposely used to manipulate, and if we as Christians are imitating those same techniques, the intent of manipulation remains, no matter the lyrics.

Chapter Eight: Consequences of Using Immoral Music—Testimonies and discussion about how CCM has caused moral failings in many people.

Chapter Nine: The Decline of Music Through the Ages—An outline and discussion which traces music's history from heaven through Satanic music, by music evangelist Alan Ives. Shows shifts in philosophies about music throughout history: from music written for the glory of God and the spirit of man through music written to exploit the undisciplined and unrestrained sexual passions of man, evolution, and worship of self and the devil.

Chapter Ten: How to Discern Moral and Immoral Music—Lists and discusses musical techniques and their moral and immoral connotations. For example, the musical term "swing it" has the immoral implication of a swinger, an immoral person committing adultery. Music that is played "straight" has the moral connotation of the straight path taught in the Bible.

Chapter Eleven: Religion Externalized—The music we choose is an externalization of our religion: Are we musically influencing our culture for the glory of God, or are we being influenced, musically, by the world's idea of culture?

Music and Morals also includes a mini-reference guide to different musical styles and their origins, as well as a listening CD with brief examples of moral and immoral musical techniques.

Much of today's contemporary Christian music is musically immoral, regardless of the lyrics. Documented facts, examples, and much more, are included in this easy-to-read book for teens through adults.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781579217655
Publisher:
WinePress Publishing WA
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

Read an Excerpt

"Music has power: It influences our thinking and not only conveys emotions, it produces genuine emotional states in the body. This power has been speculated about for centuries...and now, these speculations have been substantiated by scientific evidence."

Excerpt from chapter four.

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Kimberly Smith has the resources and has done the research that is necessary to comprehend the works of music scholars. Music and Morals takes the elements of music and boils them down into an understandable and readable format that even a non-musician can understand."

—Dr. Frank Garlock

Founder and CEO

Majesty Music

"Music and Morals hits at the very heart of the CCM controversy today. While so many people are getting caught up in the discussions on personalities and sidebar issues, Kim takes aim at the core pillar of the CCM movement: the neutrality of music. While CCM proponents have given little or no evidence to support the amorality of music, they have, nonetheless, accepted this major tenet without question. If this argument falls, the entire house of cards set up by the CCM community falls, as well. Thank you, Kim, for a reasoned, well documented, and biblical look at this key issue."

—Tim Fisher

Founder and President

Sacred Music Services

"As a Christian counselor I have been waiting for a book that presents evidence that music and morals are definitely connected. Having been a counselor for over twenty five years, I have seen the connection between sensual "Christian" music and moral failure; I have witnessed time and time again Christians who could not find fredom from moral failure until they destroyed their sensual "Christian" music. I have also received feedback from Christians who, after walking with the Lord for a time, fell back into an immoral lifestyle after they returned to their old, sensual "Christian" music. This new book, Music and Morals, will not only be of help to pastors and counselors, but to to every Christian family that desires to raise godly children."

—Dr. Jim Logan

International Center for Biblical Counseling of Iowa, Inc.

Meet the Author

Author of two previous books about music, Kimberly Smith holds a Masters Degree in Communications from Lindenwood University, and a Masters Degree in Biblical Studies from George Wythe College. She completed her BA in Speech and Dramatic Art from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

At the age of five, she began playing the piano and her musical experience includes fifteen years of classical piano training, college level music courses, and participation in jazz and symphonic bands, as well as solo instrumental and vocalist accompaniment. She has also played marimba, timpani, and other percussion instruments.

Kimberly has served as both church pianist and organist, and is a semi-professional musician. Married with three grown children, she is currently employed as an adjunct professor at Lindenwood University in the Communications department.

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