my music, silence is just as important as the notes. There is
an aspect of music, of sacred music, that can speak the unspeakable,"
he says. "The only other style of music that attempts to go
to the deeper place of the silence that is music is New Age
music." John Michael Talbot,
Interview with Christianity Today 10/22/2001
Christian music veteran, John
Fischer, is Senior Writer for Purpose Driven Life website.
we find ourselves caught up in this meditation, we soon enough
realize another change has occurred. We have almost effortlessly
been transported over into a passive "contemplation" beyond
thoughts, emotions, images, forms, or words."John
began practicing meditation, specifically breath prayer, once
again. I integrated the use of Tai Chi and yoga ...
Slowly I began to mend." From
Come to the Quiet
John Michael Talbot
W. Smith promoting and endorsing Brennan
Manning's book, Above All
Biblical God Does Not Exist
Says Brennan Manning
Discipleship Journal Issue 100 1997 page 78 in an interview,
Brennan Manning recommends William Shannon's book, Silence
on Fire and Thomas Keating's book on centering prayer, Open
Mind, Open Heart. In Silence on Fire, 'Shannon blasts the
Christian, Biblical God. Page 109, 110 "This is a typical
patriarchal notion of God. He is the God of Noah who sees
people deep in sin, repents that He made them and resolves
to destroy them. He is the God of the desert who sends snakes
to bite His people because they murmured against Him. He is
the God of David who practically decimates a people ... He
is the God who exacts the last drop of blood from His Son, so that His just anger, evoked by sin, may be appeased.
This God whose moods alternate between graciousness and fierce
This God does not exist."
Please note Manning
uses this quote nearly word for word in his book Above
All [pg. 58]
(foreword by Michael W. Smith)
Favorably Quoting Contemplatives, Mystics, and Emergents:
Daniel Goleman (see A
Time of Departing)
Madeleine Le' Ingle
Michael Card's album Present
Reality he has a song called The Eucharist, which is the
Catholic term for the communion being the actual body and
blood of Christ, wherein Christ must be re-sacrificed over
and over again.
In Card's own
bio on his website he favorably quotes Thomas
Merton. Merton, who said he was impregnated with Sufism
(Islamic mysticism), promoted interspirituality and contemplative.
Also on Card's site, he touts Brennan
Manning as someone "he has had the opportunity to
learn from and grow with both personally and professionally
throughout his career."
December (2006) Michael
Card will be performing at a Catholic monastery with Catholic
contemplative, John Michael Talbot.