"Music and theology are intertwined. A theologian, like Luther, can say 'I place music next to theology and give it highest praise', and a composer, like Johannes Mattheson, Bach's contemporary in Hamburg, can write: 'Music is a noble art ... All other arts and sciences will died with us. A lawyer cannot use his skill in heaven, for there will be no trials ... Nobody in heaven will ask a doctor for a prescription or a purgative. But the things theologians and musicians learned on earth they will also practice in heaven, that is, to praise God'. This relationship between theology and music is at the foundation of Biblical theology. At the beginning of time there was the song of creation which 'the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy' (Job 38:7); and at the end of time there is to be the song of the new creation, when the redeemed will sing 'in a loud voice ... "Worthy is the Lamb who was slain ...".' .... Similarly, imaginative authors, when dealing with the 'theological' question of cosmic origins, have to resort o music in order to explain the significance of what was involved. For C.S. Lewis it is the song of the Lion that brings things into being in Narnia, and for J.R.R. Tolkien it is the Great Music of Eru." -- pp. 3, 4.
Contents: Music and Theology -- History and Background -- Liturgy and Worship -- Passion Music and Preaching -- Bach's Passions -- Performance and Proclamation -- Notes.