Saturday, September 20, 2008

Reductio Argument for Psalmody

Jason Robertson at Fide-O has provided what he belives is the "greatest argument for psalmody only." (link) As much as I am happy for arguments for the Regulative Principle of Worship, I think what makes these videos so glaringly bad is their violation of the third rather than that second commandment: their irreverent and even absurd tone (as well as some bad theology mixed in).

As much as I desire my brethren to be united in the singing of the inspired songs, these sort of reductio arguments have limited value, since we would not prohibit alcohol simply because of a few videos of men doing foolish things while drunk. Even so, I wouldn't encourage anyone to take refuge in exclusive psalmody simply because of the abuses of the "normative principle" illustrated in these videos.



Scott Hill said...

I wasn't sure if you were kidding or not, so I thought I would clarify. None of the contributors to Fide-o practice exclusive Psalmnody. We don't agree at all with the concept. The title of the post was intended to be tongue in cheek.

Turretinfan said...

Mr. Hill,

I had recognized that, but thanks for the clarification. In the interest of full disclosure, this blog does practice EP (with charity towards Christian brethren who do not).