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New Paper: "Correcting Categories: The Bible, Music, and Emotion"

This week I spoke at Bob Jones Seminary for two days in a class on issues in Christian ministry. I prepared a 20 page paper to present to the class, which I plan to post in sections in December, but here is the full document in PDF format for those who are interested.

The point of the paper is to correct some fundamental presuppositions that I believe influence the typical believer’s views of music in life and worship. I deal with several categories of ideas that have been altered from the way biblical authors articulated them by Modernism and Postmodernism, leading the way for Revivalism and Charismaticism to shape contemporary philosophies of music and worship. I hope that it will be helpful in allowing believers to rightly apply the Bible to their musical choices.

As always, comments are welcome.

“Correcting Categories: the Bible, Music, and Emotion” (PDF)

Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry Department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He is the author of Worship in Song: A Biblical Approach to Music and Worship, Sound Worship: A Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World, and By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and four children. Views posted here are his own and not necessarily those of his employer.

7 Responses to New Paper: "Correcting Categories: The Bible, Music, and Emotion"

  1. Thanks for your lectures this week. The material you presented was very thought provoking, and I personally found it helpful. I'm looking forward to reading your paper.

  2. Thoughtful paper, Scott. A minor point: Susanne Langer was a philosopher, not a musicologist, though obviously well-versed in musicology.

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