a work in progress by Jerry Phillips
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As a non-believer, I am not moved by the lyrics of sacred music. The music itself, however, (some of the world's most beautiful music--- filled with past associations and passions) still inspires, still thrills. Yet, it is no longer a part of my life, for its supernatural lyrical content has no meaning for me.
"The Humanist Hymnal" is an effort
to reclaim that music, to put it back into my life in a way that my reason
can accept. The following selections are "revised" hymns and
carols. Some are parodies and are meant to be funny. Others are more serious
and attempt to promote a positive humanistic philosophy. Still others,
in the parody process, emerged as very anti-Christian and will be considered
offensive by some. You
have been warned.
Selections are continually being added in the
spirit of sharing. Please use them to spread the philosophy of freethought,
humanism, and brotherhood, in an un-supernatural way, especially during
the winter solstice holiday season.
Hymns are catagorized for
A CANDLE IN THE DARK (To the tune of 'Dear Lord and Father of Mankind')
A tribute to the late Carl Sagan
ALL HAIL, THE POWER OF DARWIN'S NAME (All Hail,.........Jesus' Name) Humorous
AMAZING PLACE General
AWAY WITH THE DANGER (Away in a Manger) Solstice Season
A "BRIGHT" added
6/14/03 in honor of THE BRIGHTS'
Are you a 'Bright'? Join this extraordinary effort to change the thinking of American society.
General and Winter Solstice
BENEATH THE CROSS OF JESUS General
COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED RAPTURE (Added: 10/09/97) Humorous
THE EVOLUTION CHORUS for the 1999 Solstice Season (12/22/99)
FAITH OF OUR FATHERS General
AND ATHEIST (Added:
Feb. 3rd, 1998) (Immortal, Invisible,
God Only Wise)
General and Call to Arms against Creationism
HARKEN TO THE SONGS WE SING (Hark, the Herald Angels Sing) Solstice Season
I HEARD THE BELLS OF FREETHOUGHT RING Solstice Season
IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR Solstice Season
JOY TO THE WORLD Humorous Solstice Tribute to television's "Bill Nye, the Science Guy"
JUST AS I AM General and Funereal
MOTHER LOVES ME (Jesus Loves Me) Secular Lullabye
MASTERS AND NO GODS FOR ME (O, Master, Let Me Walk With
Added March 17th 2001...It's been over a year since I've added a new song...This one has always been one of my favorites---musically, that is. Enjoy! General and Funereal
NOW IS THE TIME FOR CAROLING (Coventry Carol) Solstice Season
O CHRISTMAS TREE
O COME, ALL YE FAITHFUL Humorous Solstice Season
O COME, O COME AND LISTEN AS WE TELL (O Come, O Come Immanuel) General
SILENT NIGHT Solstice Season
SOLSTICE TRIBUTE by Dan Barker (Sung to: O, Little Town of Bethlehem)
TELL ME NO STORIES OF JESUS added June 17, 2003 General
THERE IS NO HELL (To the tune of 'The First Noel') Humorous Solstice Season
IS MY ONLY WORLD added
June 17, 2003 General and Funereal
(Hey, am I on a roll here? This is Fun)
WORLD OF RICHARD DAWKINS (God Rest
Ye Merry, Gentlemen)
Solstice Tribute to the great paleontologist.
PRINTOUT PAGE (Incomplete)
CAROLS ONLY, PRINTOUT PAGE (For your Holiday Needs) (Incomplete)
Midi Sites: where you may "HEAR" the melodies......
The Hymns of Charles Wesley
The Cyber Hymnal
Treasures from the Hymnal my personal favorite...gorgeous midi orchestrations
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