C.S. Lewis on music in the church

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C.S. Lewis fans know that the author of Mere Christianity and Screwtape Letters did not enjoy the hymns sung in the Church of England. I am not sure he cared for any kind of hymns. I suspect it was the low quality of the lyrics (their lack of poetry) which put him off. But he took church services as a test of Christian humility. Out of his experience as a church goer he came to write about worship through music. Below are some words of wisdom from an essay titled “On Church Music”.

I like the part about “resisting improvements” and “inferiority complexes”. 🙂


There are two musical situations on which I think we can be confident that a blessing rests. One is where a priest or an organist, himself a man of trained and delicate taste, humbly and charitably sacrifices his own (aesthetically right) desires and gives the…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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