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Church Music
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1. Perspective

J. S. Bach (1685–1750), describing the art of figured bass, suggested that it and all music should glorify God and recreate the mind, otherwise there is no music, only “a devilish hubbub.” According to M. Luther (1483–1546), music, understood properly, serves to proclaim the good news of God in Christ. As such, it is an ancilla (handmaiden), subordinate to the Word. Moreover, because of the ability of music to address and express suprarational thoughts, attitudes, and emoti…

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Hawkins, Robert D., “Church Music”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 04 December 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_C828>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512

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