Theology, Music and Time

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 24, 2000 - Religion - 317 pages
Theology, Music and Time aims to show how music can enrich and advance theology, extending our wisdom about God and God's ways with the world. Instead of asking: what can theology do for music?, it asks: what can music do for theology? Jeremy Begbie argues that music's engagement with time gives the theologian invaluable resources for understanding how it is that God enables us to live 'peaceably' with time as a dimension of the created world. Without assuming any specialist knowledge of music, he explores a wide range of musical phenomena - rhythm, metre, resolution, repetition, improvisation - and through them opens up some of the central themes of the Christian faith - creation, salvation, eschatology, time and eternity, Eucharist, election and ecclesiology. He shows that music can not only refresh theology with new models, but also release it from damaging habits of thought which have hampered its work in the past.
 

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Contents

List of musical examples
List of figures
Acknowledgements
Practising music
9
Musics time
29
In Gods good time
71
Resolution and salvation
98
Music time and eternity
128
Boulez Cage and freedom
179
Liberating constraint
204
Giving and giving back
246
Conclusion
271
Bibliography
281
Index of names
303
Index of biblical verses
307
General index
309

Repetition and Eucharist
155

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