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We need church history, philosophy, etc. when making decisions about our worship

While I affirm sola scriptura and privilege the authority of biblical revelation in our worship and music reflection, these convictions do not preclude us from gaining favorable insights from the history of the church, philosophy, a community of believers, the social sciences, and other sources where God’s truth about the world and the people who live in it may be discerned.

This statement is slightly adapted from one made by a leading evangelical leader about another issue. Can you guess who said it and in what context? No Googling!

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.

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7 Responses to We need church history, philosophy, etc. when making decisions about our worship

  1. To say, "We need church history, philosophy, etc." is not at all the same as to say that we are not precluded "from gaining favorable insights from the history of the church, philosophy," etc.

    That said, this is a statement that any number of people could have made on any number of topics: Mohler on sexual ethics, MacDonald on why congregationalism is from the devil, Wells on contextualization, Keller on social justice, Waltke on the non-historicity of Adam and Eve, Driscoll on why churches need multiple sites, and almost (but not quite) Dever on why they don't.

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