I presented this paper at BJU Seminary for several years.
In this article, “Musical Relativism in Pelagian,” I link to the lecture series given by Makujina at DBTS and then give an argument myself (which may be somewhat of a repeat of the argument in the Christian rap series). I’d recommend Makujina’s lecture series as well, of course.
Speaking of Makujina, he presented this paper at a regional ETS that deals with the issue from a similar perspective.
I presented this paper (audio) at the Preserving the Truth Conference a few years back, in which I deal with the issue tangentially.
This paper (audio) on form in hymnody deals with the issue of meaning in music.
I deal with the issue from a multiculturalism perspective in this article. That whole series is worth reading in this regard.
What else would you recommend? I’ll update the post with good suggestions.
Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in ministry, worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written several books, dozens of articles, 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 two children.