Universal Language

We All Speak The Same Language?

Any apologist of commercial worship music will be quick to say that "all music is relative" as if to say that no intrinsic meaning can be carried in the actual notes and musical gestures of a composition. Yet the vehemence with which the subject is argued (or at least was argued, before the "worship wars" were lost) suggests otherwise. Such a statement also countermands centuries of music history and theory, which traditionally associated the logical structures of music with the design of the cosmos.

Worse, the "relative crowd" have infiltrated spoken language, with predictably disasterous results when applied to Scripture.

This is why articles like the one below are always intriguing; they provide a brief glimpse at a world view that most consider passe; that communicative gestures have some underlying commonality or basis that unites them. If there's truth to that notion, then the slippery meanings of music (or speech, or written words) is not relative, but instead has at least a tenuous foothold on a deeper absolute.