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New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church (Calvin R Stapert) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802832191
New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church (Calvin R Stapert) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2006) 9780802832191
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Title: A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church

Author: Stapert, Calvin R

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2006

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802832191

Volumes: 1; Pages: 246

List Price in Paper: $22.00 Our price: $15.50

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While the worship wars continue to rage in the church, many do not realize that conflict over music in congregations goes back to the earliest Christians.In A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church Calvin Stapert challenges Christians to depart from our obsession with the new and to take advice from earlier thought on music. He draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the second and third centuries and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of myriad early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine.This able treatment of the attitudes of the early church towards Psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians looking to add an ancient yet relevant perspective to their worship todayTable of ContentsFOREWORD, by John D. WitvlietPREFACE1. Prelude: Honor Father and Mother2. The Song of the Church in the New Testament3. The Church in a Pagan Society4. Clement of Alexandria: Musical Cosmology and Composed Manners5. Tertullian: Pagan Spectacles and Christian Households6. Expansion and Persecution, Triumph and Trouble7. St. Ambrose: Administrator and Mystic8. St. John Chrysostom: Christian Households amid the Devil's Garbage Heap9. Rejection: The Music of a Pagan World10. Affirmation: Psalms and Hymns11. St. Augustine: The Problems of Eloquence and Inordinate Love12. Postlude: What Can the Early Church Teach Us about Music?APPENDIX I: Early Christian Hymns in Devotional ContextAPPENDIX II: The World of Early ChristianityAPPENDIX III: TimelineFOR FURTHER READINGWORKS CITEDPERMISSIONSINDEX
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