The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #93597   Message #1804717
Posted By: GUEST,Russ
08-Aug-06 - 05:19 PM
Thread Name: What makes a good hymn?
Subject: RE: What makes a good hymn?

With all due respect for your piety, your use of the word "theology" is a bit idiosyncratic.

Theology is not about the emotional response of the listener.

Theology is about the correctness of the content of the hymn.

A hymn which is theologically "good" or doctrinally sound might be intended to scare the hell out of the listener. It might be intended to make one feel unhappy, uncomfortable, and insecure.

One job that hymns are called on to do is to motivate people, and there are lots of motivational buttons that have nothing to do with making people feel good.