Dinesh D'Souza's recent article in the Christian Science Monitor stirred up a hornets nest of response from atheists. Todays atheists, D'Souza discovered from their missives, are a scrappy, disputatious bunch. The following article is his response to some of their assertions.
In January 2002 a group of journalists gathered at the Pier House in Key West, Florida, at the invitation of the Ethics and Public Policy Center for a two-day seminar. Its purpose was to enhance journalistic understanding of current religious and cultural issues. The session from which this "Conversation" is drawn featured Harvard historian Roy Mottahedeh, with a response by journalist Jay Tolson.
One might think that something called "plainchant" or "plainsong" would not furnish much to talk about; after all, its very name says it’s plain and it's chant.
Today, I will discuss what makes chant distinctive among musical forms, and then recommend my favorite chant recordings.