Music Through the Eyes of Faith, Chapter 7

Music Through the Eyes of Faith, by Harold Best, is a book I re-read every few years. Dr. Best is Dean Emeritus of the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music and his book should be required reading for every Christian musician.

I'm embarking on another reading of Music Through the Eyes of Faith and over the coming weeks will be sharing some thoughts. These posts won't be a formal review and will not attempt to be comprehensive. I'll just be sharing items that stand out to me as I read - quotes, ideas, insights, and wisdom.

Previous posts in this series: IntroChapter 1Chapter 2Chapter 3Chapter 4Chapter 5, Chapter 6.


Favorite Quotes from Chapter 7

...the whole world, Christian and non-Christian, worships. Everyone bows down before something; everyone adores someone or something to the point of surrendering to it and being mastered by it. Sticks, stones, totem poles, jobs, circumstances, spirits, and angels—in fact, nearly all creatures—have at some time or in some place succeeded in mastering people.
— p. 144
If they [worshipers on Sunday morning] can’t worship until the right music comes by (and what if it doesn’t?), then they are essentially preferring the gift to the giver, or making God’s presence contingent on the quality or effect of the gift.
— p. 150
Music and art are not messiah. They are not Holy Spirit. They are not means and they are not end. Only God is means; only God is end. It is our responsibility to take faithful action and to continue our worship at all times and in all places.
— p. 150
Faith also makes strange things near and familiar. To live by faith is to learn to welcome the unseen and the unknown, to weave it into the commonplace. Christians are the only ones on earth truly equipped to encounter the unfamiliar and to do so with rejoicing, without confusion, without bafflement, or without worshiping newness for its own sake.
— p. 154