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Scruton vs. Carson on Culture

This is an interesting comparison that highlights the way the term “culture” has evolved over time.

I actually agree with Carson that “culture” has come to mean something far more broad than it used to, and instead of denying this change, I suggest we simply distinguish “high culture” from “pop culture” from “folk culture.”

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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2 Responses to Scruton vs. Carson on Culture

  1. … agree in principle, yet that creates the challenge of distinguishing the three. Is Queen using classical elements in Bohemian Rhapsody still pop or already high culture? Is John Williams’ Star Wars theme pop or high culture? Are hymns high culture or a type of folk? It seems folk almost died out anyways, and whatever folk bands remain are better classified as pop? Yet, the principles seem to stand: it would seem obvious that a cave painting, even though it may be artistically well done, does not quite compare to a Michelangelo. Of course, if you say something like that comparing African and European music, you’ll have everyone up in arms :-)

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