Fifteen Books on Music and Faith

This is part of an occasional group of posts on disciplines taught at APU and faith integration. My hope is that the titles here might be just a start to locating good resources in our libraries for study and praxis. In the study of music, we have many volumes on the history of hymns and worship music…but in compiling this list I sought out titles that might provide reflection on  music from biblical, philosophical or theological perspectives.

Begbie, Jeremy S. and Steven R. Guthrie, eds.
Resonant Witness:
Conversations between Music and Theology

Eerdmans, 2011.
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Begbie, Jeremy S.
Resounding Truth:
Christian Wisdom in the World of Music
Baker Academic, 2007.
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Begbie, Jeremy S.
Theology, Music and Time
Cambridge University Press, 2000.
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Best, Harold M.
Music Through the Eyes of Faith
HarperSanFrancisco, 1993.
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Bowman, Wayne D.
Philosophical Perspectives on Music
Oxford University Press, 1998.
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Faulkner, Quentin
Wiser than Despair: the Evolution of Ideas
in the Relationship of Music and the Christian Church.
Greenwood Press, 1996.
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Friedmann, Jonathan L., compiler.
Music, Theology and Worship:
Selected Writings, 1841- 1896.
McFarland, 2011.
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Lockyer, Herbert J.
All of the Music in the Bible
Hendrickson, 2004.
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Nichols, Stephen J.
Getting the Blues:
What Blues Music Teaches Us About Suffering and Salvation.

Brazos Press, 2008.
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Routley, Erik
Church Music and the Christian Faith.
Agape, 1978.
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Saliers, Don E.
A Song to Sing: A Life to Live:
Reflections on Music as Spiritual Practice

Jossey-Bass, 2005.
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Saliers, Don E.
Music and Theology
Abingdon Press, 2007.
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Stapert, Calvin
A New Song for an Old World:
Musical Thought in the Early Church
William B. Eerdmans, 2007.
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Stapert, Calvin R.
My Only Comfort:
Death, Deliverance, and Discipleship in the Music of Bach

Eerdmans, 2000.
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Westermeyer, Paul
Te Deum: The Church and Music:
A Textbook, a Reference, a History, an Essay
Fortress Press, 1998.

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