As the title suggests, White’s next chapter takes up the topic of church music. All told, the chapter is a useful summary of Christian approaches to music historically and across the denominational spectrum. Everyone knows church music is controversial. This has always been the case. But it was especially pronounced during the time of the reformation.
As we have been saying, reformed churches are marked out not only by their doctrinal statement but also by their actions in worship. Just as works offer the proof of faith so too worship offers a glimpse of what churches really believe. Or to put it another way, we should not expect evangelicals to worship like Roman Catholics and we shouldn’t expect reformed Christians to worship like evangelicals. The theological distinctions of the protestant reformers gave rise to distinct expressions in worship. For example, while … Read More »