Christmas Carols & the Civil War

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  1. LadyEagle

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  2. John Crerar

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    It's wonderful how God brings blessing out of tragedy, such as war.
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  3. Debby in Philly

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    Nice they mention "O Little Town of Bethlehem." I go to work every day just a few blocks from the church where Phillip Brooks served.
     
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    Almost all (thankfully, not all) carols of that era have really bad theology. Because of the horrors of a war beyond all imagination, they dreamed of "peace on earth, good will to me". The kingdom HAD to come now.

    Sadly . .

    I heard the bells on Christmas day
    Their old familiar carols play,
    And wild and sweet the words repeat
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    And thought how, as the day had come,
    The belfries of all Christendom
    Had rolled along the unbroken song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    And in despair I bowed my head
    “There is no peace on earth,” I said,
    “For hate is strong and mocks the song
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.”

    Then from each black, accursed mouth
    The cannon thundered in the South,
    And with the sound the carols drowned
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    It was as if an earthquake rent
    The hearth-stones of a continent,
    And made forlorn, the households born
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.

    Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
    “God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
    The wrong shall fail, the right prevail
    With peace on earth, good will to men.”

    Till ringing, singing on its way
    The world revolved from night to day,
    A voice, a chime, a chant sublime
    Of peace on earth, good will to men.
     
  5. mioque

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    "The kingdom HAD to come now."
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    A thread that has been running through much christian thought in the English speaking world ever since. Just look at the success of the ideas of Darby.

    A lot depends however on how one reads Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem.
    I think dr. Bob, that you read to much into it. It isn't about the Kingdom.
    I think Henry intended it to be about the horrors of the American civil war and that God isn't gone and it will get better.
     
  6. hillclimber

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    I agree mioque.
     

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