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

ISBN-10: 0802832199
ISBN-13: 9780802832191
Edition: 2007
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Description: While the worship wars continue to rage in the church, many do not realize that conflict over music in congregations goes back to the earliest Christians. In "A New Song for and Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church" Calvin Stapert  More...

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Book details

List price: $22.00
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Publication date: 12/18/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 246
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

While the worship wars continue to rage in the church, many do not realize that conflict over music in congregations goes back to the earliest Christians. In "A New Song for and Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church" Calvin Stapert challenges Christians to depart from our obsession with the new and to take advice from earlier thought on music. He draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the second and third centuries and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of myriad early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. This able treatment of the attitudes of the early church towards Psalms, hymns and spiritual songs, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians and all Christians looking to add an ancient yet relevant perspective to their worship today.

Prelude : honor father and mother
The song of the church in the New Testament
The church in a pagan society
Clement of Alexandria : musical cosmology and composed manners
Tertullian : pagan spectacles and Christian households
Expansion and persecution, triumph and trouble
St. Ambrose : administrator and mystic
St. John Chrysostom : Christian households amid the Devil's garbage heap
Rejection : the music of a pagan world
Affirmation : psalms and hymns
St. Augustine : the problems of eloquence and inordinate love
Postlude : what can the early church teach us about music?
Early Christian hymns in devotional context
The world of early Christianity

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