“Music saved the world. It sounds like a wild exaggeration, but if this book does its job, you’re going to believe it’s a stone cold fact.”
Music is the most effective delivery system for feelings– love, joy, sadness, glory. The early Church Fathers knew that music also has power over minds, and they used that power to maximum effect, writing hymns through which the early Christians would learn, retain, and spread the Gospel message.
Best-selling author Mike Aquilina demonstrates how the earliest Christians used music to transform a world that desperately needed transforming. As Aquilina suggests, “If we did it once, we can do it again.”
About the Author
Mike Aquilina is the author or co-author of over forty books, including the best-selling The Fathers of the Church: An Introduction to the First Christian Teachers; The Mass of the Early Christians; and Angels of God: The Bible, the Church, and the Heavenly Hosts. His reviews, essays, and journalism have appeared in First Things, Touchstone, National Catholic Register, and elsewhere. Aquilina is Executive Vice President of the St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology and along with Dr. Scott Hahn has hosted several popular television series on EWTN. He and his wife Terri live in the Pittsburgh area with their six children.
Praise for How the Choir Converted the World:
“This is the perfect gift for your parish music director– and the whole choir– and everyone who should be singing in the congregation. When we sing, we pray, and we evangelize too. That’s one way the early Christians changed the world.”– Scott Hahn, Professor of Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville
“This book considers an important but overlooked element of theologia prima, namely, how the Church performs her theology in what is actually sung doctrine.”– David Fagerberg, Professor of Liturgical Studies at Notre Dame University
Book dimensions: 8.5 x 5.75