Luther and Calvin on Music and Singing

I recently finished reading Lawrence Roff’s Let Us Sing for a seminary class I’m taking and came across these two quotes from the reformers worth sharing on music and singing:

Luther:

“I would certainly like to praise music with all my heart as the excellent gift of God which it is and to commend it to everyone…Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise.”

Calvin:

“Yet we do not here condemn speaking and singing but rather strongly commend them, provided they are associated with the heart’s affection.  For thus do they excercise the mind in thinking of God and keep it attentive…Moreover, since the glory of God ought, in a measure, to shine in the several parts of our bodies, it is especially fitting that the tongue has been assigned and destined for this task, both through singing and through speaking.  For it was peculiarly created to tell and proclaim the praise of God.”

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~ by toddbumgarner on April 21, 2009 5:43 am.

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