Modern CS Musicians
June 2, 2012 at 12:36 pm #63613
No apology necessary, I was simply offering my perspective on contemporary Christian music – and I love the fact that we agree =)
On the second point (and I don’t mean to take us on a left hand turn here) I’d just like to note that I didn’t actually use the word “absolute,” I used “accurate,” and I didn’t mean to suggest the two were either interchangeable or mutually inclusive. For instance, in terms of hymn 258, I don’t think I would consider it an inaccurate statement statement of Science to say “Though the cause of evil prosper, Yet ’tis Truth alone is strong;” or “Though the cause of evil [seem to] prosper, Yet ’tis Truth alone is strong;”
In furthering the original point, Mrs. Eddy was greatly concerned about inaccurate statements of Christian Science being endorsed and/or published. In the new We Knew Mary Baker Eddy book we read that she called her editors – including at least one of her best students (Annie Knott C.S.D.) – from Boston to Concord for admonition over one line that was allowed to be printed in the periodicals – an inaccurate statement of Christian Science.
I’m simply suggesting we should be no less discerning now with modern music – either because it’s music, or because it’s modern. And we – as a movement – need to beware of choosing “inspiration” over “accuracy.” As Mrs. Eddy admonished her editors, just because it’s the former doesn’t necessarily make it the latter.
PS (Modification): after I published this I noticed there have been several responses since I started writing – hopefully this is not repetitive.June 2, 2012 at 1:10 pm #63620
Mike thank you for your comments. You sum up what I originally was trying to communicate so beautifully. I think you exactly right when you talk about how important it is to accurately portray Christian Science. In one of the recent biographies (I don’t remember if its the We Knew MBE or Christian Healer) Mrs. Eddy talks about how false talk or CS talk without demonstration actually does more damage to the cause than good and so we need to be watchful about what we verbally put out there. Words can be taken in a million different ways and be full of inaccuracy, but demonstration is always truthful. Obviously, words are essential to Christian Science, but it just seems so important to make sure that they are founded on the rock, instead of our opinions on Christian Science before they have been demonstrated.June 4, 2012 at 5:53 pm #63701
For anyone who’s looking for an accurate statement of Christian Science in music, I highly recommend Julia Wade’s new solo album, with songs by Peter Link set to Mrs. Eddy’s prose texts. It’s really beautiful and inspiring. I had a healing of a headache by listening to the song “Dominion.”June 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm #64043
Hello Dear Ones!
Just thought I’d share this Sentinel Article that shows how some of the more contemporary CS music brought healing to someone’s life. If you don’t have JSH online and would like to read it I can email it to you of you’d like. Feel free to email me at itsa...@gmail.com
Peace and Blessings!
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