Singing What We Believe: Theology and Hymn Texts
June 18 - 22, 2012
Bert Polman, Calvin College
Congregational songs have often been called the lay persons’ “handbook of theology” as “psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” have a unique mix of doxa (worship) and logia (teaching) which shape and express the life of Christians. This seminar will explore initially the theology of hymn texts, based on an analysis of some 250 classic hymn lyrics and a similar number of contemporary Praise-Worship texts. Then the seminar participants will discuss the relationship between the theological themes of such texts and the prevalence of what sociologists of religion (Christian Smith, et al) have termed “moralistic therapeutic deism.” In other words, this interdisciplinary seminar will focus not only on doxa and logia but also on praxis, and is expected to raise issues about current religious convictions and practices of Christians.
About the Director
With a PhD in musicology from the University of Minnesota, Bert Polman has spent the last 36 years teaching class room courses in music, doing administrative work as chair and associate dean, and researching-publishing in the areas of church music, hymnology, and worship. He is current Professor & Chair of Music at Calvin College and a senior research fellow at Calvin’s Institute of Christian Worship.
Applicant Information, including who may apply and how to apply can be found here.
The application deadline was February 10, 2012. We are no longer accepting applications.
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