Music and Religion
The main religions have differing attitudes towards music, some approve of it, some do not mind, while others are not keen on it. Some music can be used for religious purposes and other types not so much. Some religions have a more uniform approach to how they regard music, and even how they use it. Faiths such as Christianity have many different sects with differing opinions about the role of music in religion. Thus some parts of a religion approve of music while other parts do not.
Music as a good thing
The majority of religions would regard music as a good thing if it sent out the right message. So songs that shared the values of a religion would be accepted by it. Such music or songs may even be used for worship or services. On the other hand music that is secular or has opposing values to religions will not be approved of.
Pop or rock music is not often seen as been good or bad in relation to religious faith. It is the lyrics as much as the music that decides if music is seen as good or bad in relation to religious faiths. Some music artists have decided that their music should have religious or spiritual themes or words. Such themes may make it possible to use certain music in services.
Music and songs in services
For many religions past and present music has been widely used during their services. Music is seen usually as a positive thing to use. There have been musical features within worship for thousands of years. The bulk of classical and pagan religions for example used it. The religions that had, or still have a lot of rites or ceremonies within their services are more likely to use music as an important part of worship. Hindus for instance have festivals that use music, and are an important part of their beliefs and practices. Christians and Jews also use music for important events such as Christmas or Passover. On the other hand Islam is far less likely to use music for worship though it can be used as part of the calls to prayer.
Chants, hymns and songs
Perhaps the religion most linked to the use of music during its services is Christianity. Christians whether Orthodox, Protestant, or Roman Catholic are more inclined to use song and music. The majority of Christian sects are active in using music during church services. Music is seen as a means of praising God and as a vital part of worship. The more traditional churches will use organs either to play recitals or to accompany hymn singers. Hymns often relate to parts of the Bible and full of praise to God. There are even hymns for different parts of the Christian year such as Lent, Easter, or Advent. Perhaps most famously there are carols for services in and around Christmas time. Christmas is also the time when most churches will use choirs to sing during services even if these are not used in most other months of the year.Read More