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John Makujina’s Preface to the Third Edition of Measuring the Music

Measuring_the_Music_Cover_for_KindleThe closing of Old Paths Publications combined with continued demand has occasioned another printing of Measuring the Music, under a new publisher. Therefore, the author in conjunction with Religious Affections Ministries is pleased to present the third edition of Measuring the Music. This version is essentially a reprint of the second, with minor corrections and rewording. (It does not represent a content revision or updating—which, though necessary, is not feasible at this time.) Even the original pagination has been retained. The only real difference is the new cover.

Some fifteen years after its initial publication, Measuring the Music still has a great deal to say to Christian musical theory and practice. Although the celebrities and bands exampled in the book are dated and perhaps even forgotten, the third edition does not joust with windmills of the past. Its theology and musicology—largely ignored by evangelicals—are as relevant today as they were at the turn of this century. As long as hackneyed slogans like “music is morally neutral, brother” dominate conversations about this topic, Measuring the Music will play a crucial role as an unwelcome, but much needed, interlocutor, challenging the popular wisdom. For these reasons, we hope that this edition finds its way into the hands of many new readers.

The Third Edition of Measuring the Music is now available on or wherever books are sold.

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is director of doctoral worship studies 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.