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Scott Aniol, PhD, is an author, speaker, and teacher of culture, worship, aesthetics, and church ministry philosophy. He is Chair of the Worship Ministry department at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, he founded Religious Affections Ministries, he lectures around the country in churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries, and he has authored
several books and dozens of articles. Scott is the Editor of Artistic Theologian, a scholarly journal of worship and church ministry, and serves as chair of the Biblical Worship Section of the Evangelical Theological Society.

Scott holds a masters degree in Theological Studies (SWBTS), a masters degree in Aesthetics (NIU), and a PhD in Worship Ministry (SWBTS).


aniol-teachingScott was born in reared in Michigan where he grew up in a Christian family, attended church regularly, and received his early education in Christian schools. Scott began piano lessons in second grade, trombone lessons in fifth grade, and voice lessons in Junior High, giving him an early love for music, especially in the local church.

At age 13 Scott repented of his sins and surrendered his life to Christ in faith. During his high school years he gained a deeper love for local church ministry and especially the study of theology and philosophy.

Scott pursued a bachelor’s degree in church music at Bob Jones University in Greenville, SC. There he met his wife, Becky, and they were married in June of 2004.

Scott began local church ministry as an Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Rockford, IL in May of 2003. While serving there, he pursued graduate education in church music, hymnology, and choral conducting at Corcordia University (River Forest, IL), received a master’s degree in aesthetics at Northern Illinois University (Dekalb, IL), and studied theology at Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Allen Park, MI) and Central Baptist Seminary (Plymouth, MN). Scott was ordained to the gospel ministry by First Baptist Church in April of 2004.

While serving at First Baptist and pursuing additional graduate education, Scott began to write and speak regularly on topics of worship, music, culture, and aesthetics. He published a successful blog and was invited to speak at pastors’ conferences, seminaries, and churches in the US and around the world.

In August of 2008, Scott launched Religious Affections Ministries, a ministry of writing, speaking, and publishing in the areas of conservative Christianity. While finishing his PhD, Scott joined the faculty of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he chairs the Worship Ministry Department, oversees the PhD program in Worship and Music Ministry, and teaches courses in culture, aesthetics, worship, philosophy of worship and church ministry, and hymnology.

Scott has written several books and administered the publication of a dozen more through Religious Affections Ministries. He has spoken across the US and in several foreign countries at conferences, seminaries, and church, and is published in several theological journals.

Scott, his wife Becky, and their three children (Caleb, Kate, and Christopher) reside in Fort Worth, TX.


By the Waters of Babylon: Worship in a Post-Christian Culture

How should churches respond to this seismic shift in their relationship with an increasingly post-Christian culture while still following the biblical mandate to reach that culture with the gospel of Jesus Christ?

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Worship in Song: a Biblical Approach to Music and Worship

Wars are raging. These are not wars of flesh and blood, but of ideas – ideas about music and its role in life and the Church. Worship in Song attempts to address these important and sometimes controversial issues from a Scriptural foundation.

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Sound Worship: a Guide to Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World

This is a book about making musical choices. But not just any choices. This is a book about making musical choices that are deliberately informed by the Word of God. It is about making choices that are discerning, wise, beneficial, and edifying. This book is about making musical choices that will bring glory to God.

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Sound Worship: Teacher’s Edition

The Teacher’s Edition for Sound Worship: A Guide To Making Musical Choices in a Noisy World by Scott Aniol includes the full text of the book, 14,000 additional words of instruction, illustration, explanation, discussion questions, student handouts, and more.

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A Conservative Christian Declaration

This declaration reaffirms a historic commitment to fully orbed conservative Christianity.

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Below you will find sermons, academic lectures, articles, conference presentations, book reviews, and more from Scott.


Academic articles/lectures

Conference presentations/popular articles

  • “Form and Substance: The Regulative Principle and the Aesthetics of Scripture” – audio | video
  • “That They May Be One”: Conservatism, Cooperation, and the Center of Christian Unity – audio
  • “Recovering the Lost Tools of Loving: The Missing Link Between Truth and Goodness in Christian Aducation” – audio
  • Toward a Biblical Understanding of Culture – audiovideo
  • God Said Something About Worship – audio | paper
  • Correcting Categories: The Bible, Music, and Emotion – paper
  • How Can We Conserve Biblical Worship? – audio | paper
  • The Hymnody of the Christian Church: Function and Form – audio | paper
  • The Hymnody of the Christian Church: Two Roads Diverged – audio | paper
  • Is Music a Separation Issue? – paper
  • Drawing Near to God in Worship – audio
  • Preserving the Truth in our Worship – audio | paper | video
  • Conservative Christianity 101 – audio | paper
  • Train up a Child: Teaching the Next Generation to Worship – audio | paper
  • How To Evaluate Musical Communication – video
  • Preparation and Participation in Corporate Worship – video
  • “God is Really Among You” – the Evangelistic Impact of God-Centered Worship – audio | paper


  • How to Read a Book and Write a Review – video
  • Research Tools and Tricks

Book reviews

  • “Book Review: Doxology and Theology ed. by Matt Boswell.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Book Review: Imagining the Kingdom by James K. A. Smith.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2103) – review
  • “Book Review: A Neglected Grace by Jason Helopoulos.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Book Review: Rhythms of Grace by Mike Cosper.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013)  – review
  • “Book Review: Story-Shaped Worship by Robbie F. Castleman.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Gospel-Shaped Liturgy: A Review of Recent Literature.” Artistic Theologian 2 (2013) – review
  • “Book Review: Creation Regained: Biblical Basics for a Reformational Worldview by Albert Wolters.” The Artistic Theologian 1 (2012) – review
  • “Book Review: The Glory Due His Name: What God Says About Worship by Gary Reimers.” Journal of Dispensational Theology (2011) – review
  • “Book Review: Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic by Nicholas Woltersdorf.” Religious Affections Minstries Blog (2011) – review
  • “Book Review: Christ-Centered Worship by Bryan Chapell.” Themelios (November, 2009) – review
  • “Book Review: God’s Word, the Final Word on Worship and Music by Dean Kurtz. Religious Affections Ministries (2008) – review

Blog Articles

Scott blogs at Religious Affections Ministries. Here are a selection of his most recent posts:

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