On why the doctrine of God underlying the "Hallelujah Chorus" (in Handel's Messiah) is a such a "dangerous one"
"It creates feelings of awe in the hearts of loyal subjects and thus supports the `godness' of God, but these feelings are balanced by others of abject fear and humiliation: in this picture, God can be God only if we are nothing. The understanding of salvation that accompanies this view is sacrificial substitutionary atonement, and in Anselm's classic rendition of it the sovereign imagery predominates. Since even a wink of the eye by a vassal against the Leige Lord of the universe would be irremediable sin, we as abject subjects must rely totally upon our sovereign God who "became man" in order to undergo a sacrificial death, substituting his great worth for our worthlessness. . . .It inspires strong emotions of awe, gratitude, and trust toward God and, in ourselves, engenders a satisfying swing from abject guilt to joyous relief. Its very power is part of its danger, and any picture which seeks to replace it must reckon with its attraction."
OK . . . Who said that? Please no google searches or cheating. The whole point is to guess!
This rant against "Monarchialism" comes from feminist theologian Sallie McFague's book Models of God (Fortress, 1987), 64-65.
It amazes me how far these "cutting edge" theologians will go to escape the clear teaching of Scripture, reflected in Handel's Messiah.