If one where to ask me the question oft asked of Richard Dawkins; what would you consider the strongest argument for god? I would not answer that it’s the appearance of fine-tuning in the universe - the lotto fallacy answers that. Nor would I suggest any great declarations biblical or otherwise – that’s just conjecture. No I would have to say it’s the oeuvre of J.S.Bach. I’m not sure if others in the arts, perhaps a connoisseur of dance or poetry, can also be so awe-struck, but it boggles the mind. It is a grand hurdle to clear, even in this modern age; in believing his triumph was ultimately godless. He certainly believed his accomplishments were by the grace of God and his tireless efforts were for his glory. One wonders how the Bach oeuvre would have shaped up otherwise.
The subsequent and gradual decline in the quality of western music seems to correlate to some extent to the decline of the pious professionals. Correlation is not necessarily causation, and I’m sure it’s illusionary. However, from Bach to Britney in 300 years is a sad state of affairs.