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Evangelical Religious Romanticism

Evangelical Religious Romanticism

Bruce Davidson makes some good points here about the romanticism present in much of evangelical sentiment. I think his analysis could be strengthened if he employed the premodern distinction between “passions” and “affections” instead of relying on the nebulous term, “emotion,” but his points are well taken. He concludes, By elevating them and exempting them… Continue Reading

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Afraid of Emotion in Worship?

Roger Olson asks, “Why are we afraid of emotion in worship?” The short answer is that we–as in we at Religious Affections Ministries–aren’t. Not in the least. In fact, we are convinced that emotion is absolutely necessary to worship. If you’re not emotionally engaged, you’re not worshiping. Emotion in worship is important, so important that… Continue Reading

Are emotions universal?

Are emotions universal?

This is a fascinating article in many ways. It traces the scientific debate concerning what, exactly, emotions are and whether they are universal or not. This issue has a good deal of relevance for discussions of the arts, for art, especially music, communicates at least on one level through mimicking human emotional expression. Here are… Continue Reading

How corporate worship is and is not like a baseball game

How corporate worship is and is not like a baseball game

Yesterday I attended a baseball game with my family, and I found myself pondering again a comparison I’ve often heard made by preachers between corporate worship and sporting events. “Look at how excited and enthusiastic everyone is,” they observe. “If we can get that excited about sports, we should be even more enthusiastic about God… Continue Reading

Meaning in Music

Meaning in Music

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series Back to Basics You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 9 of 10 in the series”Back to Basics”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar. Meaning in music is a tricky thing. Most people think it’s tricky because music is so abstract and lacks specificity such that describing its meaning with… Continue Reading

We Become How We Worship

We Become How We Worship

This is very good: Much worship today aims primarily at stimulating and exciting our physical senses. If we can provide a colorful spectacle for the eyes, spectacular musical sounds for the ears, a pounding beat to impact the body and get the adrenaline running, then the emotions are stirred, and there’s a sense of elation and excitement.… Continue Reading

Congratulations to Ryan Martin

Congratulations to Ryan Martin

Ryan Martin, regular contributor to Religious Affections Ministries, has successfully defended his dissertation. His Ph.D. will be conferred officially on May 11, but (for what it’s worth) he can already claim to be Dr. Martin. As with most dissertations, Ryan’s title was long and convoluted: “‘A Soul Inflamed with High Exercises of Divine Love:’ Affections… Continue Reading

Worship that Cannot Be Touched

Worship that Cannot Be Touched

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series Worship in Hebrews You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 10 in the series”Worship in Hebrews”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Throughout the history of the Church, Christians have always been tempted to follow after more physical, more sensory forms of worship because of a misunderstanding of this… Continue Reading

Two Roads Diverged

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 12 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.The dethroning of the Church by Reason and the creation of pop culture left the Church in an awkward position. Its cultural influence was… Continue Reading

Medieval Hymns

Medieval Hymns

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 10 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.When Emperor Constantine legalized Christianity in 313 with the Edict of Milan, and Christianity soon became the religion of the entire empire, the cultural… Continue Reading

Musical Form in Christian Hymnody

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series The Hymnody of the Christian Church You can read more posts from the series by using the Contents in the right sidebar.

This entry is part 5 of 14 in the series”The Hymnody of the Christian Church”You can read more posts from the series by using the Table of Contents in the right sidebar.Musical form shapes content in very similar ways to poetic form, yet it is a bit more abstract and thus considerably more difficult to… Continue Reading