Just a quick post to make the readers aware of a recent post by Danny Corbitt, author of Missing More Than Music: When Disputable Matters Eclipse Worship and Unity, dealing with the claim made by many, going back for centuries, that Justin Martyr condemned the use of instruments by the church.
Simply singing is not agreeable to children, but singing with the lifeless instruments and dancing and clapping; on which account the use of this kind of instrument and others agreeable to children is removed from the songs in the churches, and there is left remaining simply singing.
Corbitt concludes that for over 100 years, scholars have considered the manuscript from which this quotation is taken to be wrongly attributed to Justin. According to sources cited in the Catholic Encyclopedia, it appears likely the quotation actually was written by Diodorus of Tarsus in the 5th Century.
It is likely truly a statement made by an early Christian, but there is, of course, a huge difference between having been written in the Second Century by Justin and in the 5th Century.
It’s an interesting study by itself just to read through Danny’s footnotes to see the influence of this quotation based on the mistaken belief this is a Second Century quotation.