Wiser Than Despair: The Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church

Wiser Than Despair: The Evolution of Ideas in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church

by Quentin Faulkner
     
 

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This book addresses a highly complex and elusive matter: why the Christian Church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days through the 18th century and why it has suffered since that time from a creeping artistic paralysis. Modern attitudes and assumptions often find the values and accomplishments of the Christian worldview enigmatic, even

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This book addresses a highly complex and elusive matter: why the Christian Church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days through the 18th century and why it has suffered since that time from a creeping artistic paralysis. Modern attitudes and assumptions often find the values and accomplishments of the Christian worldview enigmatic, even repellant, and church music has come to be one of the primary arenas in which the tension between conflicting worldviews continues to be worked out on a daily basis. This thoughtful work investigates the historical interaction of theology, philosophy and music, and will be of interest to church musicians, theologians, music historians and cultural anthropologists.

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Traces the interaction of philosophical and theological ideas and attitudes with the conception and practice of music, from the earliest foundations laid by the ancient Greek philosophical systems to the present. Faulkner (music, U. of Nebraska-Lincoln) addresses in detail the question of why the church was able to contribute so generously to music from its earliest days up through the 18th century and why it has suffered since then from what the author terms "a creeping artistic paralysis." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780982458242
Publisher:
Religious Affections Ministries
Publication date:
09/25/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.57(d)

Meet the Author

QUENTIN FAULKNER is Steinhart Distinguished Professor of Music at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He teaches organ and has developed a unique series of courses in church music. Dr. Faulkner's articles on various aspects of church music have appeared in The American Organist, The Diapason, The Christian Ministry, and Liturgy.

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