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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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Mozart Reconstructed

The question as to why he died so young is always superseded by: How could he have existed at all? How could you ask more of a miracle?

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Singing Lessons

It is a fact that liturgical music is an integral part of the liturgy itself, not merely a means to assist or enrich worship. It is worship itself, like color to a sunset, like thought to the mind. Sacred music is not like prayer; it is prayer. Sacred music raises the mind and heart to God, and not only to our neighbor.

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Songs for Hard Times

The powers that be made sure the Country Music Association Awards started with fireworks, red-white-and-blue streamers and star-spangled guitars. But it was Alan Jackson who stopped the show with a post-Sept. 11 anthem that had the faithful drying their eyes.

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