Singing and the Imagination of Devotion
Vocal Aesthetics in Early English Protestant Culture
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
'This book makes me want to take singing lessons--really. Many contemporary churches are wracked by "worship wars" (controversies concerning the complex relation between music and devotion). Here in Susan Brown's book is a history of the early modern relation between these two deep realities that can help us find a way of the discordant sounds of war and into the healing and beautiful sounds of music.'
-- Frederick Dale Bruner, Adjunct Professor, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary.
'While the Christian story was inculcated visually in the Middle Ages, the vernacular proclamation, singing, and reading of Scripture created a radically new soundscape. Drawing together various disciplines for her conclusions in this book, Susan Tara Brown has further undermined the usual contrast of anti-aesthetic Protestantism and an artistically rich Catholicism. Specialists will put this book in their required reading lists and informed lay people will be captivated by the way Brown's narrative opens up this important era.'
-- Michael Horton, Professor of Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary, and editor-in-chief of Modern Reformation magazine.
'England's Reformers, Anglican generally and Puritans in particular through the seventeeth century, valued sacred song as a devotional mountaintop. Dr. Brown has written a masterful exploration of the theology, psychology and spirituality which that estimate expressed.'
-- James I. Packer, Regent College