A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2007 - 232 pagine
Even as worship wars in the church and music controversies in society at large continue to rage, many people do not realize that conflict over music goes back to the earliest Christians as they sought to live out the "new song" of their faith. In A New Song for an Old World Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music.

Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Stapert's expert treatment of the attitudes of the early church toward psalms and hymns on the one hand, and pagan music on the other, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians seeking an ancient yet relevant perspective on music in their worship and lives today.
 

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Indice

Prelude Honor Father and Mother
1
The Song of the Church in the New Testament
13
The Church in a Pagan Society
29
Clement of Alexandria Musical Cosmology and Composed Manners
42
Tertullian Pagan Spectacles and Christian Households
60
Expansion and Persecution Triumph and Trouble
76
St Ambrose Administrator and Mystic
92
St John Chrysostom Christian Households amid the Devils Garbage Heap
109
St Augustine The Problems of Eloquence and Inordinate Love
180
Postlude What Can the Early Church Teach Us about Music?
194
Early Christian Hymns in Devotional Context
210
The World of Early Christianity
215
Timeline
216
FOR FURTHER READING
217
WORKS CITED
219
PERMISSIONS
228

Rejection The Music of a Pagan World
131
Affirmation Psalms and Hymns
149

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Informazioni sull'autore (2007)

Calvin R. Stapert is professor emeritus of music at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he taught for thirty-eight years, and a founding member of the Forum for Music and Christian Scholarship.

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