Tag Archives: Romanticism

Secular Culture

Secular Culture

In blog posts over the last several weeks, I have been trying to help us understand what kinds of influences and values have converged to produce the culture in which we Christians in the West now find ourselves. I’ve explored some of the worldview values that have shifted; today, I’d like to begin exploring how… Continue Reading

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

Music: a Theological Orphan

Music: a Theological Orphan

Quentin Faulkner’s analysis of the impact of Romantic aesthetic philosophy on the church and its music is enlightening (pun intended) and helpful: The nineteenth century was the era of Romanticism, particularly in music. It was also the period in which Chrisianity began to reassemble and regroup its forces after its first disastrous encounter with Enlightenment ideas.… Continue Reading