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Essays on Martin Luther's Theology of Music [Paperback]

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Pages   112
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.27" Width: 5.43" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   0.35 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Publisher, Inc.
ISBN  1591139937  
EAN  9781591139935  

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Essays on Martin Luther's Theology of Music explores the interesting and intriguing world of Luther's thought about music and its place in the life of the church. From its biblical foundation beginning with the creation story to its comfort and joy in the life of the Christian, Luther recognizes music as a true gift from the hand of God.

In 1530 Luther wrote: "I am not ashamed to confess publicly that next to theology there is no art which is the equal of music, for she alone, after theology, can do what otherwise only theology can accomplish, namely, quiet and cheer up the soul of man, which is clear evidence that the devil, the originator of depressing worries and troubled thoughts, flees from the voice of music just as he flees from the words of theology. For this very reason the prophets cultivated no art so much as music in that they attached their theology not to geometry, nor to arithmetic, nor to astronomy, but to music, speaking the truth through psalms and hymns."

Given Luther's familiarity with the technical aspects of music, as well as his apparent abilities and gifts in performing and composing, there is little doubt that he saw the entire redemptive story (creation, fall and redemption) inherent within this great gift of God. He noted the reflection of creation in the order and structure of the music itself. He may have also recognized a representation of the fall in the dissonant aspects of music, which add tension and disharmony to it and cry for resolution (i.e., redemption?). Undoubtedly, Luther's heart and soul responded exuberantly to the redemptive aspect of music as it resolved tension and became a thing of beauty - lifting the heart and soul toward heaven - as does the redemptive work of Christ. The story of creation, fall and redemption, as broad categories of theology, also find their place in God's beautiful gift of music.

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Satisfactory content, but lacking in form and style  Aug 16, 2007
The book satisfied my needs and gave me the information I was looking for. The author does compare and contrast Luther's aesthetics with Calvin's aesthetics, and to a lesser extent, Zwingli's aesthetics. The author's conclusions are well documented, and best of all, he integrates the aesthetics of Luther and Calvin with the rest of their theology. However, his writing style lacks color, and he restates his points repeatedly. And even though there are dramatic, life-changing differences between the aesthetics of Luther and Calvin, the author is is rather demure in his defense of Luther (not because he has doubts about the issue, but because his writing lacks directness and passion). I also found it strange that in the last chaper of the book (chapter 6), he doesn't discuss music at all, only pure theology. Obviously, for structural purposes, this should have been presented earlier and integrated with Luther's theology of music.

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