Hauweras on Reshaping Desires

I’ve been posting on music and pop culture over at Wittenberg Hall. The entire issue boils down to the fact that aesthetic taste needs to be trained and discipled just like every other faculty in our fallen nature. Though I’m probably wrenching him completely out of context, Hauerwas says something which holds true in aesthetics: “Outside Christ and the church, you don’t have the slightest idea what you’re looking for. That’s why you need us to reshape you and your desires,” (qtd. in Byars, The Future of Protestant Worship: Beyond the Worship Wars, 23).

The Church needs to step up to the plate to reshape our aesthetic desires and stop treating pop culture moguls as the final arbiters of taste. The antithesis between belief and unbelief affects marriage, education, necklines, business practices, and music. I don’t pretend to know how all of this works out in practice, but we must grant the premise before we can begin to seen the faint glimmerings of widespread reformation and revival.


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