This open letter to Scott Brown, Dan Horn, Scott Aniol, Geoff Botkin, Joel Beeke, Jason Dohm, and Joe Morecraft is very well-written and worth reading. http://www.rapzilla.com/rz/features/story/7421
Thanks Nathan. It's important too that readers know that some - if not all - of the panelists regret their statements. Some public apologies by Scott Brown (the moderator) and panelist Geoff Botkin https://ncfic.org/blog/posts/an-apologyhttps://ncfic.org/blog/posts/please-forgive-me
Voddie Baucham's concept of "ethnic gnosticism" explains adequately why the response to the panelist's comments went viral.I also agree with Baucham's historical argument in favor of classicism, but that is not exactly a theological argument (church history is at best a norma normata and not a norma normans).Baucham also states that God (reveled in Scipture) is the standard of beauty. So beauty and the arts are not, in the absolute, suggestive, but objective.If they were subjective — strictly a matter of taste and feeling — it would make them esoteric and occult, something incompatible with Christianity.This leaves us to the task of determining, from Scipture, wether postmodern music (rap, hip-hop, pop, rock, metal, punk, etc.) is objectively beautiful by God's standard. Intuitively, I would answer no, but that is not enough...
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