Martin Luther on Music


I came across this Luther quote today. It’s amazing to me how many theologians of yesteryear wrote about and thought about music. He writes,

Next to the Word of God, music deserves the highest praise. She is a mistress and governess of those human emotions — to pass over the animals — which govern men as masters or, more often, overwhelm them. No greater commendation than this can be found — at least, not by us. For whether you wish to comfort the sad, to terrify the happy, encourage the despairing, to humble the proud, to calm the passionate, or to appease those full of hate — and who could number all these masters of the human heart, namely, the emotions, inclinations, and affections that impel me to evil or good? — what more effective means than music could you find?

And you, my young friend, let this noble, wholesome, and cheerful creation of God be commended to you. By it you may escape shameful desires and bad company. At the same time you may by this creation accustom yourself to recognize and praise the Creator. Take special care to shun perverted minds who prostitute this lovely gift of nature and of art with their erotic rantings; and be quite assured that none but the devil goads them on to defy their very nature, which would and should praise God its Maker with this gift, so that these {illegitimate children} purloin the gift of God and use it to worship the foe of God, the enemy of nature and of this lovely art.

Here is the web source.

Posted on August 17, 2011, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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