"God can change the world with just one willing soul/Who will stand up for the truth and give him starring role?/So come in to the fullness and open up the door/Maybe it is you he's looking for"—from "The Conclusion"
We've been championing the talent of Neal Morse ever since the 2003 release of Testimony, his astonishing concept album that documented his lifelong journey of faith through progressive pop/rock. He followed that with the equally impressive One, exploring the divided relationship between God and man after Adam's fall, and the curiously titled ?, centered on the mystery of God and his holy temple. Projects like these (among others) left us wondering why the Christian music industry didn't embrace such an impressive talent and prolific songwriter/composer.
Then a message board on Morse's website revealed some questionable theology—at least from a typical evangelical perspective. Asserting that "I am not a Trinitarian," Morse says Scripture tells us Jesus "came forth" from God, and is therefore separate from God. But the Nicene Creed—a doctrinal statement which most evangelicals affirm—and other traditional Christian teaching state that God is a single being who also exists as a Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Scripture seems to be clear that Jesus is both God and man (John 10:29-30). And our own statement of faith at Christianity Today International—a document all employees are required to sign—also affirms a Trinitarian doctrine.
And so Morse, whom we've covered in the past as a "Christian artist," is now being covered in "Glimpses of God," which typically features secular artists who are exploring themes of faith—musical "seekers," as it were. Morse may well be ...1