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Unread 07-30-2017, 05:06 AM   #1
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Is there a Role for "Contemporary" Music at Church (The Imaginative Conservative)

Hey y'all. I figured this might get some interesting responses... or raise a few heckles. Have at 'er.

The author is a Roman Catholic, and a fairly traditional one at that.

Is There a Proper Role for "Contemporary" Music at Church? - The Imaginative Conservative

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Unread 07-30-2017, 07:03 AM   #2
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All forms of music are influenced by the cultures in which they are composed. I don't believe any one form is more sacred (or profane) than another. The words which we sing are much more important than the accompaniment. As long as they are true to Scripture and are able to be understood properly, I believe the music is secondary. I guess if one were to suggest that certain types of music are divinely inspired and others aren't then it might be an interesting discussion. My question would be how one can properly discern exactly which styles are "of this world" and which ones aren't. Seems a bit presumptuous to me.
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