Can anyone refute this historical claim about the terribly Dark Ages from a protestant sermon? Thanks!
Did you know that there was a long period of history – known as the Dark Ages – when the church didn’t sing? For almost a thousand years congregational singing in the church was practically non-existent. Between about 500 ad and 1500 ad singing in the Roman Catholic controlled church was only allowed by clergy or members of monastic orders. Gregorian chanting inaugurated by Pope Gregory was the main fare. To make matters worse, these ‘songs’ were chanted in Latin – a language the lay people didn’t understand.
The church experience of the average worshipper during the Dark Ages would consist of something like this: Your family would have to endure a service in which you were not allowed to sing; and you had to listen to a sermon [also delivered in Latin] you couldn’t understand. All this so that you could give money so that you could enjoy the forgiveness of sin. How tragic!
Did you also know that one of the distinguishing marks of the Protestant Reformation –along with sola fida and sola scriptura - was the reintroduction of congregational singing?