A New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church

TitleA New Song for an Old World: Musical Thought in the Early Church
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsStapert, CR
Ancient AuthorsTertullian (Quintus Septimius Florens Tertullianus) (OCD), Joannes Chrysostomus Scr. Eccl. (TLG 2062), Clemens Alexandrinus Theol. (TLG 0555), Aurelius Augustinus (PHI 2468)
Series TitleCalvin Institute of Christian Worship Liturgical Studies (CICW)
Number of Pages246 pp.
CityGrand Rapids, MI

Even as worship wars in the church and music controversies in society at large continue to rage, many people do not realize that conflict over music goes back to the earliest Christians as they sought to live out the "new song" of their faith. In A New Song for an Old World Calvin Stapert challenges contemporary Christians to learn from the wisdom of the early church in the area of music.

Stapert draws parallels between the pagan cultures of the early Christian era and our own multicultural realities, enabling readers to comprehend the musical ideas of early Christian thinkers, from Clement and Tertullian to John Chrysostom and Augustine. Stapert's expert treatment of the attitudes of the early church toward psalms and hymns on the one hand, and pagan music on the other, is ideal for scholars of early Christianity, church musicians, and all Christians seeking an ancient yet relevant perspective on music in their worship and lives today. [https://www.eerdmans.com/Products/3219/a-new-song-for-an-old-world.aspx]


Journal of Early Christian Studies 2008 16(3): 434-435 Charles H. Cosgrove

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