Exploring priesthood, prophecy and faith in the context of a culture in crisis.
As you say, fascinating stuff. I always think that hymn book prefaces are interesting to see what sort of approach the compilers have taken to their task. It's been a while since I last read this (maybe 25 years). One of the interesting thing I find, which doesn't seem to be a current concern, is the equation of the aesthetic and the moral - i.e. beautiful art/music has a moral effect. Do we agree? Why (/not)?
I think that question deserves a thread of its own. Something I've been pondering recently (and I think the answer is YES!!)
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