Dr. Kreeft, a long-time prof at Boston College, began by speaking about art. He spoke of music as the highest art. He then challenged: Do we choose the music of the spheres or the music of our peers? Most modern music, he said, is σκύβαλα (it’s in the New Testament, btw). He particularly excoriated, and mean truly flayed, the ghastly σκύβαλα we hear in churches. And if you disagree, you are not only just plain wrong, but you should also grow up and get an “aesthetic enema”. He maintains that “our present movement towards praise choruses and praise worship music, and contemporary Christian music is a bowel movement. It is both musical and theological σκύβαλα! Christian rock is an insult to rock as well as to Christianity.” “It turns potential saints into bobbleheads.” He argues that, “this is not a matter of personal taste. Beauty is as objectively real as truth and goodness, though it is much more complex, and mysterious, and harder to prove.” “They are theologically empty. To see this, just separate their lyrics from their music, and speak the lyrics. They are embarrassingly shallow. They say little more than, ‘I’m excited now.’ Compare them with the old hymns. … It’s like comparing Oprah with the Summa Theologica. They do not even rise to the dignity of heresy.”
I think the recording will soon be available. It’s a blast.
Also, I want to bring to the attention of the readership that there is a scholarship available through Acton Institute: The Calihan Academic Fellowship.
The Calihan Academic Fellowships provide scholarships and research grants to future scholars and religious leaders whose academic work shows outstanding potential. Graduate students and seminarians currently studying theology, philosophy, economics, or related fields must demonstrate the potential to advance understanding in the relationship between theology and the principles of the free and virtuous society. Such principles include recognition of human dignity, the importance of the rule of law, limited government, religious liberty, and freedom in economic life.