Music as Theology: What Music Has to Say about the Word

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The conversation between music and theology, dormant for too long in recent years, is at last gathering pace. And rightly so. There will always be theologians who will regard music as a somewhat peripheral concern, too trivial to trouble the serious scholar, and in any case almost impossible to engage because of its notorious resistance to words and concepts. But an increasing number are discovering again what many of our forbears realized centuries ago, that the kinship between this pervasive feature of human ...

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Overview

The conversation between music and theology, dormant for too long in recent years, is at last gathering pace. And rightly so. There will always be theologians who will regard music as a somewhat peripheral concern, too trivial to trouble the serious scholar, and in any case almost impossible to engage because of its notorious resistance to words and concepts. But an increasing number are discovering again what many of our forbears realized centuries ago, that the kinship between this pervasive feature of human life and the search for a Christian 'intelligence of faith' is intimate and ineradicable.

Maeve Heaney's ambitious, wide-ranging, and energetic book pushes the conversation further forward still. Her approach is unapologetically theological, grounded in the passions and concerns of mainstream doctrinal theology. And yet she is insisting . . . that music must be given its due place in the ecology of theology. Although convinced that music should not be set up as a rival to linguistic or conceptual articulation, let alone swallow up 'traditional' modes of theological language and thought, she is equally convinced that music is an irreducible means of coming to terms with the world, a unique vehicle of world-disclosure, and as such, can generate a particular form of 'understanding': 'there are things which God may only be saying through music.' If this is so, it is incumbent on the theologian to listen.

—Jeremy Begbie, from the Foreword

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781610974509
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Series: Princeton Theological Monograph Series
  • Pages: 362
  • Sales rank: 1,147,379
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Maeve Louise Heaney, a missionary of the Verbum Dei Fraternity, has taught at the Pontifical Gregorian University and is the 2011-2012 Banaan Fellow of Santa Clara University, California. She researches and teaches in the areas of fundamental theology, music, and spirituality.

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Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Acknowledgments xi

Figures xiii

Introduction 1

1 Meaning in Music 27

2 Towards a Hermeneutical Understanding of Music 69

3 An Approach to Musical Semiotics 103

4 Towards a Theological Epistemology of Music 135

5 Theological Aesthetics in Contemporary Theology 183

6 Theology of the Body of Christ and Contemporary Music 254

Conclusion 306

Appendix 315

Bibliography 321

Index of Authors 343

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