Music is an unavoidable part of our humanity. Like religion, music too is a universal phenomenon because human beings were created with aesthetic aspect. In the Bible, the LORD is not only the God of Truth but also of beauty. Through music, we can extend our appreciation of the beauty of God's creation.
Yet, on the other side after creation came the fall with all the ugly consequences of sin. Christian aesthetic realism, therefore, should not only with the beautiful but also with the ugly.
The place of music in the Church strongly relates to the Church's theology of worship. The biblical principles of beauty should permeate the aesthetic of sacred music.
With regard to society, we can observe its needs and fallenness through its muscial products while at the same time offering alternatives from the Christian perspectives.
This booklet discusses the importance of music both in the Church and society. It begins with a description of music from the perspective of the aesthetic mode. After placing music in its relation with the aesthetic aspect, it describes music from the biblical perspective and proceeds to draw insights from the Reformers on their theology of music. The three general typology of church music will be analyzed and examined. Finally, the place of music in society is discussed, before concluding ....
About the Author:
Billy Kristanto is the Academic Dean of International Reformed Evangelical Seminary, Jakarta and was a part time lecturer at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. As a musician, he is responsible for the music ministry in the Reformed Evangelical Church of Indonesia (GRII) and regularly conducts at Aula Simfonia Jakarta. As a pastor, he serves and preaches regularly at GRII in Jakarta and Perth. As a theologian, he is a member of Gesellschaft fur die Geschichte des reformierten Protestantismus and has presented his research at international conferences. His musicological dissertation on Musical Settings of Psalm 51 at Heidelberg University is available online while his systemic theological dissertation on Calvin is published by Peter Lang.