Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Book Review: "The Right Kind of Music: Fundamentalist Christianity as Musical and Cultural Practice," by Sarah Bereza

Academic journal article Journal of Singing

Book Review: "The Right Kind of Music: Fundamentalist Christianity as Musical and Cultural Practice," by Sarah Bereza

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Bereza, Sarah. "The Right Kind of Music: Fundamentalist Christianity as Musical and Cultural Practice." PhD Dissertation, Duke University, 2017, 448 pages; ProQuest 1894187978.

"Fundamentalist Christians loosely affiliated with Bob Jones University (Greenville, SC) teach that music influences listeners' faith and moral character for both good and evil, expounding their views since the evangelical Worship Wars began in the 1960s over the use of popular music styles in church services. In their dichotomous moral view, good music reveals God's nature, allowing born-again listeners to draw closer to God and witness their salvation to unbelievers, and bad music pulls listeners away from God by promoting immorality and false worship. Fundamentalists also prioritize mental engagement with music over emotional and physical responses to it because they believe that people more directly relate to God through their conscious minds and only indirectly with their bodies, as when fundamentalist musicians make music with their bodies, an activity that they believe glorifies God. Considering their discourse and practices from ethnographic and theological perspectives, I argue that these reveal a view that all musical sound is dangerous in its insistent entrance into listeners' bodies: music is like fire-useful under control but devastating if unrestrained. …

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