The sacred songs of the church…

It is true in a more important sense that he who is permitted to make the hymns of a church, need care little who preaches, or who makes the creed. He will more effectually mould the sentiments of a church than they who preach or make creeds and confessions. Hence, it is indispensable, in order to the preservation of the truth, that the sacred songs of a church should be imbued with sound evangelical sentiment.

Albert Barnes, from his commentary on Colossians 3:16

The emotional impact of music…

If you’re lucky, you may someday get a chance to watch a movie whose soundtrack isn’t finished yet. You’ll be scanning channels and stumble across a special about how movies are made, or you’ll see a tribute to a film composer, or you’ll rent a DVD of some movie that includes a “making of” documentary. Such TV shows or DVD’s sometimes include a couple of minutes from the finished movie as it looked before the musical soundtrack and sound effects were added. Continue reading

Music molds the soul of a nation…

The second level of philosophy does not feel the constraint of reason or come under the binding strictures of argument. It finds its refuge in the imagination and feeling. Ways of thinking at this level may enter one’s consciousness via a play or a novel, or touch the imagination through visual media, making belief-altering impact by capturing the emotions. It is immensely effective, and literature, drama, and music have historically molded the soul of a nation far more than solid reasoning has. Level two is existential and fallaciously claims that it need not bow to the laws of logic.

Ravi Zacharias, from Is Your Church Ready?, p. 32