A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church

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2006-12-18 Paperback Brand NEW copy! New trade paperback size copy of A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church by Calvin R. Stapert. Calvin Institute of ... Christian Worship Liturgical Studies Series. From the back cover: Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music. Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of th early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., Grand Rapids MI, 2007. xiv + 232 pages, illustrations, map. 9 x 6 inches, 23 cm. Read more Show Less

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Paper Back New Citing obedience to the fifth commandment, music professor Calvin Stapert quotes Karl Barth to illustrate the point: Honour father and mother! . the same kind of ... obedience is demanded of you towards the Church's past, towards the 'elders' of the Church. Stapert contends that the roots of most contemporary thinking about music is truncated and twisted by naturalistic Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment thought. He advocates a retrieval of ancestral voices to (quoting C.S. Lewis) keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds. Beginning with a foundational chapter on music in the New Testament, he presents a chapter each on Clement of Alexandria and Tertullian-Greek and Latin counterparts who upheld very different views on the inclusion of Greek philosophy in Church music and doctrine. Sts. Ambrose and John Chrysostom also have a chapter each, followed by a discussion of what these fathers collectively rejected and affirmed in terms of musical choices and thought. Sta Read more Show Less

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Even as worship wars in the church and music controversies in society at large continue to rage, many people do not realize that conflict over music goes back to the earliest Christians as they sought to live out the "new song" of their faith. In A New Song for an Old World Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music. Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Stapert's expert treatment of the attitudes of the early church toward psalms and hymns on the one hand, and pagan music on the other, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians seeking an ancient yet relevant perspective on music in their worship and lives today.

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Calvin R. Stapert is professor emeritus of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught for thirty-eight years, and a founding member of the Forum for Music and Christian Scholarship.

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