WHAT 1ST & 2ND CENTURY CHURCH FATHERS HAD TO SAY ABOUT

 

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC

 

 

Pliny, who wrote about 100 AD said in his Letters [to the Emperor Trajan] Book X.xcvi: "....they sang in alternative verses a hymn to Christ....

 

 

 

Tertullian, who lived about 155 to 222 AD, wrote from Carthage in On the Soul 9:4: "....the psalms are chanted...."

 

 

Clement of Alexandria wrote about 190 AD in Miscellanies VI.xiv.113:3: "....praising, hymning, blessing, singing...." and in Instructor III.xi.80.4:� "Those who sing such and sing in response are those who before hymned immortality...." 

 

 

 

And later he said, "We make use of only one organ or instrument, even the peaceful word, with which we honor God; no longer with the old psaltry, trumpet, drum or pipe."