Listening to JS Bach and Handel this Easter Sunday, I am inclined to call BS on the militant atheism that has found voice in Chris Hitchens' work, among others. Don't get me wrong. I like and respect Chris's pungent commentary on many levels. I admire his writing style. But I think he is wasting his breath pushing atheism as a solution to the world's problems.
Think about this for a second:
At the end of every cantata Bach composed (and there were hundreds of them, because for years he composed them weekly on the Lutheran lectionary, just as his pastors composed their sermons) he wrote the initials, "SDG". SDG stood for "soli gloria deo", meaning "for the glory of god alone".
There is no body of music in all creation at once so prolific and so uniformly technically perfect and sublime.
What other deity (or non deity) but the God of Isaac, Abraham, Jacob and Jesus has inspired such musical creativity?
I surely cannot think of any.
And Bach was born on the first day of spring.
Evelyn Waugh and The Sword of Honor
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