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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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Music and Liturgy

The importance of music in biblical religion is shown very simply by the fact that the verb "to sing" (with related words such as "song", and so forth) is one of the most commonly used words in the Bible. It occurs 309 times in the Old Testament and thirty-six in the New.

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Music as a Christian Art

To say that music is the most Christian of the arts may seem a contentious statement. Yet what is often forgotten is that all the other art forms were highly developed before the Christian age. Music was the only exception.

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