Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Can Bach Be Claimed by Rome?
Funny how Bach is claimed by so many now but was hardly appreciated in his life (except for his keyboard mastery). Well, you can read it yourself but for me, I think Bach is far more a product of Lutheran Orthodoxy than he is a son of Rome. Disagree if you must, but I will say up front you are wrong. You can talk about my dog but I draw the line at Bach. I am glad that Rome likes Bach, too, but Bach is as Lutheran as Luther. The problem here is that Rome has forgotten that Luther and Lutheranism is evangelical catholicism and that Bach shows evangelical catholicism at its best. The Lutheran Confessions take practical form in the life and musical legacy of J. S. Bach in a way that has never been equaled since -- though we should not stop trying!