From the July/August, 2016 issue of Touchstone
Echoes of Glory by Ken Myers

From Heavenly Harmony

Echoes of Glory

by Ken Myers

In a 1990 essay entitled "'Sing Artistically for God': Biblical Directives for Church Music," Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger observed that "church music is faith that has become a form of culture." But in late modernity, "the inner connection of faith to culture is in the throes of a crisis." This crisis is the result of the fact that for centuries, at least since the Enlightenment, "faith and contemporary culture have drifted apart more and more." Since the eighteenth century, cultural life—especially in the arts—has been pursued with a spirit of defiant emancipation fr . . .


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