Heresy

VOL 3; ISSUE 1

01/01/1994

Modern Mysticism

Friday, 17 Aug 2007

It is an ironic day for evangelicalism when Christians who are honestly seeking a deeper understanding of God (Father, Son or Holy Spirit) are better advised to put down the books of some of their most noted pastors, stop listening for the "still small voice," and begin listening to Brahms.
Perhaps one of the greatest sermons on the centrality of God's Word occurs in what is also one of greatest pieces of music from the nineteenth century: Brahms' A German Requiem. From a musical standpoint, no other piece matches the ethereal contrast of the heavy, somber instrumentation with the yearning, hopeful vocal lines. Unlike other requiems, which use the liturgy from the Roman Catholic Mass for the Dead, Brahms used only scriptural passages that he chose. One finds all the passages one would expect to find in a requiem; passages denying the power of ...

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