Select Quotes from “WHY JOHNNY CAN’T SING HYMNS: How Pop Culture Rewrote the Hymnal” by T. David Gordon

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February 1, 2014 by piratritasavit
p. 14 – …I observe the [Greek] noun idiotes (from the adjective idios, “one’s own”) was not originally a term of contempt (as our word idiot ordinarily is); rather it was used to describe people who could speak only their own language, ther own idiom, and not those of others.

p. 68 – Neil Postman rightly said: “I believe I am not mistaken in saying that Christianity is a demanding and serious religion. When it is delivered as easy and amusing, it is another kind of religion altogether.” So what is at stake is the kind of religion presented in music that is easy, trivial, light, inconsequential, mundane, or everyday.

p. 109 – The goal of every good educator is, and always has been, for our students to rediscover what they all knew intuitively as young children: the innocent and thrilling joy of discovery and understanding (a joy ordinarily crushed by compulsory education). At best, tools can assist those who already possess this love of learning, but no inanimate tool can or ever will infect a human with such love.

p. 168 – When the church approaches an individual as a consumer to be pleased, rather than as a recalcitrant sinner to be rescued, the church is no longer doing what it is called to do.

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