The Hermenusics Blog
This blog is devoted to the discussion of music and its surrounding ideas related to religion and education. The title, “Hermenusics,” is a combination of the words hermeneutics (knowledge dealing with interpretation) and music. Hermeneutics is primarily a study of Biblical text, so many of these blog posts engage in topics concerning the intersection of Biblical interpretation and musical application. Theologians have always scrutinized the text of church music, but few treat the music itself with the same degree of care. This blog will hopefully add to that body of rhetoric and spark new questions and conversations. Additionally, you will find articles that deal with philosophical or ideological questions surrounding music education, which are equally worth consideration by musicians and theologians.
Chris Tomlin’s Amazing Grace, My Chains Are Gone was my first exposure to a “hymn addition,” but many Christian songwriters have since indulged in similar hymn modifications. One example that… Read more
After months of social isolation and stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19, a majority of churches have continued to offer virtual worship services via live streaming. I agree with Albert Mohler… Read more
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