Wednesday, 16 April 2014

The Banned for Easter Hymn List

Every now and then I check over the Beaker Banned Songs List to give it a spring clean.  There's always stuff to add,  what with there being no end to the writing of songs. And sometimes something like "Shine, Jesus, Shine" has been on the list so long it's acquired a kind of retro charm, and gets reinstated.  But with Easter coming, it's important to do a quick check.  So the following are not going to be sung at all between now and.... ooh, say the Second Coming?

"How Deep the Father's Love for Us. - that whole "Father turns his face away" makes my head hurt. Is it heresy? Is it orthodoxy? Dunno. But it's got many sons being led to glory, and no mention of how the daughters get there. Unless they're helping to lead the sons, obviously. I suppose that would make sense. The sons wouldn't necessarily get to glory if being led - they'd only lose the person leading, take a wrong turn at the next roundabout, and then refuse to ask for directions.

"In Christ Alone" - I've no problem with the line " the wrath of God was satisfied." Much better, in my mind, for God to have satisfied rather than unsatisfied wrath. God with unsatisfied wrath would be terrifying. I mean, the world's scary enough as it is. But I've only got one life, and there's only so much of it you can use up discussing penal substitutionary atonement and the theological outlook of Anselm.

"There is a Fountain filled with Blood" - sorry, the imagery's too weird.

"Lord of the Dance" - heretical drivel written by a drivelling heretic. A friend used to be creative and try and give it some drama, by playing "I danced on the Friday" in a minor key. He never went the logical step further, and removed the black keys from the keyboard.

"Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen - we should really leave this and "LOTD" to the Catholics. Apparently this is the kind of stuff they have to sing since Vatican 2. But I don't think we should be encouraging them. Nor should we intrude on private grief. Let's move on.

"Trust and Obey" - in another, parallel universe, the message of this may well be true. But not with the physics of this one.

Incidentally, in discussing Anselm's theology of atonement, the correct term is "penal substitution". I'm sure that's what Grobitt was trying to say yesterday. But what he was actually proposing would be much less use in the long term, but dreadfully radical in the short. And would carry the risk of rejection.


  1. This site is still Sydney Carter-free, fortunately. That's no comfort to the millions of children that have had to endure 'One more step along the world I go'.

  2. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one who can't sing these particular Stuart Townend hymns without wincing. The others I've become inured to, but am happy to see them stay on the list.


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