I blogged on Tuesday about Presbyterians wanting to bowdlerize a newish hymn for their even-more-newish hymnal.
Apparently, the hymn writers, still very much alive, declined to replace “the wrath of God was satisfied” with “the love of God was magnified.” As a result, the intact hymn won’t be in the new hymnal.
John Maddex of Ancient Faith Radio credits the hymn writers with being among those Evangelicals who are “providing a much needed antidote to the often shallow and monotonous praise songs that get projected onto screens in contemporary worship services across the country.” But he also thinks the hymn compilers were right, and explains why.
[T]he agenda of the secularists who have and are still dominating the educational system, the media, the entertainment business, the courts, and government, must be clearly stated. This secular agenda, this vision of life includes the following concepts:
- The most important goal in life is feeling good about yourself.
- Human worth is measured in dollars.
- Life’s purpose is to become a productive member of the secular super state and the global community.
- The world is the place in which everything that is possible becomes permissible and modem science has no limits in this regard.
- There are no truths that are non-negotiable, above debate, vote or “democratic” or general discussion.
- Finally, secularism, as Fr. Schmemann put it is the “affirmation of the world’s autonomy, of its self-sufficiency in terms of reason, knowledge and action.” (From the book For the Life of the World).
In other words, according to the secularists, life is no longer a gift from God and the human person is no longer the image of that Gift-Giver.
(Fr. Nicholas Ceko) I quote this apt summary not so much to say “how stupid is that?!” as to acknowledge that when it’s in the air we breathe, we’re all full of the toxin.
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“The remarks made in this essay do not represent scholarly research. They are intended as topical stimulations for conversation among intelligent and informed people.” (Gerhart Niemeyer)