Kosloski: Why the Devil Hates Sacred Music
  • Blaise
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    Why the Devil Hates Sacred Music

    By Philip Kosloski, MA (Theology)

    "The reason why music is able [to] influence society so much is on account of its ability to bypass reason."
    Thanked by 1M. Jackson Osborn
  • I haven't read the article (yet), but I think the statement should include the observation that, by bypassing the reasoning center of the brain, it has the capacity to rewrite the matrix, and thus make the individual human person well-tuned only to noise.
  • CharlesW
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    Music has always bypassed reason from swooning audiences at Beethoven concerts. to fainting women hearing Liszt perform. Nothing new under the sun.

    I always thought the devil was probably a Schoenberg fan.
  • You have accurately noticed here that devil likes Schoenberg. I think so too! His music is really demonic
  • Glen Gould was something of a Schoenberg disciple - which may say something about his manner of playing Bach, and his playing in general.
  • ClergetKubiszClergetKubisz
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    The adversary hates anything that is sacred, because it brings us closer to God.
  • IdeK
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    The devil loves mediocrity and chatter. Sacred music is demanding, so no place for mediocrity or tepidity, and it does not tolerate chatter.

    Then I quite agree with ClergetKubisz : the devil hates anything sacred.
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Well, if it likes Schoenberg, it must love Webern.
    Thanked by 1CharlesW
  • dad29
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    devil likes Schoenberg

    Perhaps the Schoenberg post-Friede Auf Erde
  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
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    the devil hates anything sacred.


    "There’s ne'er a villain dwelling in all Denmark
    But he’s an arrant knave."
    -- Hamlet, Act I, Scene 5


    AND (as long as I'm quoting the Bard, I might as well mention his thoughts on music):

    "The man that hath no music in himself,
    Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
    Is fit for treasons, stratagems, and spoils.
    The motions of his spirit are dull as night,
    And his affections dark as Erebus.
    Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music."
    -- The Merchant of Venice, Act V, Scene 1