I read this today, and the blatant inconsistency jumped off the page. See if it does the same for you:
“Thus the difference between a [belief] system driven by paganism and one driven by Christianity does not consist primarily in rightness or wrongness of many of the things that pass away [i.e. musical forms or other “cultural” mores or practices], but in the value and power assigned (or denied) to them by that system.”
And later, this author speaks of
“The near paradox of having a Christian worldview and making art on that basis, yet understanding that the art on its own is incapable of fully communicating that worldview . . .”
In other words, this author is arguing that the belief system of a culture must be completely divorced from what it produces. But then later he says,
“It is only a secular or paganized culture that chooses to divide people on the basis of their artistic preferences and choices.”1
Does anyone else notice the contradiction here?
- All quotes from Harold Best, Unceasing Worship, 176, 177-178, 181. [↩]