This is Aniol’s first book though it is the second I have read. The Foreword is written by Dr. Kevin Bauder, President of Central Seminary, Minneapolis, MN where Scott Aniol has taken graduate classes. Aniol also has a bachelor’s degree from BJU and a master’s degree in musicology from N. Illinois University. I appreciated his use of the term “Encyclopedic” to refer to those who won’t apply Scripture to modern problems; his reaffirmation that music is not morally neutral; that Luther and others did not use bar tunes, etc., for church music; and his referring to T.S. Eliot who first pointed out that culture is an incarnation of a people’s religious beliefs. I only disagree with Aniol in blaming early American evangelists (Finney, Moody, Torrey, Sunday, Sankey, and Bliss, p. 73) for the introduction of popular means into evangelism which later resulted in the introduction of “pop” music into our churches. Perhaps some, surely not all.
John Wilber ChapmanOctober 1, 2018
In Hymns & Songs By Terry L. Conley “Our Great Savior” Dr. John Wilbur Chapman (June 1859 – December 1918) Chapman was born in Richmond, Indiana. In his youth he attended a Quaker First Day School on Sunday mornings and the Grace Methodist Church Sunday School in the afternoons. When he was seventeen […]
In Hymns & SongsAugust 31, 2017
The first hymn book and hymn writers in America were from England. The hymn book which landed with the Pilgrims in 1620 was Reverend Henry Ainsworth’s version of the Book of Psalms entitled The Book of Psalms: Englished both in Prose and Metre with Annotations, published in 1612 at Amsterdam. It is considered by many […]
Worship and CultureFebruary 4, 2014
In the twenty years that I have been writing Aletheia articles, perhaps nothing has been written about more than worship and culture. Worship has become the description of how we “do church,” and culture has become what we are, not what we should strive to become. Ravi Zacharias wrote, “Culture has become like a dress […]