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Praying With Mozart and China

Much of the world is looking to the Olympics in Beijing next month as the major 2008 landmark in Chinas relationship with the West. But for me, that landmark already came.

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Music for the End of Time

Although not raised by particularly religious parents, Olivier Messiaen described himself as having been "born a believer," and remarked that the most important function of his music was "[to shed] light on the theological truths of the Catholic faith."

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De-ritualization

The book that had to be written, and has to be read. - America A book certain to elicit both furious denunciation and standing ovations. The Christian Century

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Heretical Hymns

Sacred songs that contradict church teachings or have congregants take on the voice of Christ should be laid to rest.

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