Is contemporary worship music shallow and self-centered? Does it "dumb down" worship, as some critics claim? This noted professor of apologetics and systematic theology answers these and other objections with a clear defense of contemporary worship music. He exposes careless and divisive criticisms and demonstrates the music's biblical strengths and benefits in worship. 240 pages, softcover from Presbyterian & Reformed.
John Frame answers objections to contemporary worship music by noting its biblical strengths and benefits in worship.
John M. Frame (BD, Westminster Theological Seminary; AM, MPhil, Yale University; DD, Belhaven College) is J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando. He previously taught theology and apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia) and at Westminster Seminary California.
Here, at last, is a caseand one made articulately and winsomelyfor using contemporary music in worship with theological integrity . . . it is rare to find an author who makes his case with as much balance.
John Frame goes a long way toward sorting out the issues involved in contemporary worship music [CWM] and making us aware of the criteria for judging it.
His reasoned, scriptural, and theological arguments and insights help readers rethink traditional wisdom on the important but controversial subject of what music is appropriate in God-centered worship.
A premier composition--- bold, balanced, and convincing. Add courageous as he takes on some big name CWM critics, defends his musical and theological credentials, and even offers his approved list of songs.
[An] insightful and informed review of the whole debate. I especially appreciate the thorough discussion of issues such as quality, Christ-centeredness, and the role of the intellect, along with a fair appraisal of some of CWMs besetting weaknesses.