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St. Michael's College Courses
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Michael O Connor

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January 9th, 2013
There are more specifics reasons why Christianity and music go together
1. Music is a preferred medium for religious expression:Even among those who
are not explicitly religious. Music can be religious without having doctrinal links.
2. Religious themes are being explored: Even in our culture in a publicly funded
place, like an opera, religious themes are explicitly explored.
3. Worship: music has always been part of Christian worship. Music and Christianity
have a lot in common. In the west for a thousand years to a large extent is Christian
because it was in a time of Christendom. Secular music is a modern phenomenon
Risks: church (on top) employs music for its service. To make the service more
beautiful. Music is a servant to the churches mission in this context. There are instances
today where church authority feels this way. This is called theological imperialism
(church colonizing music) - this does not allow music itself to glorify god
Opposite risk: where music is canonized. Ad this is separate from life in the church.
Music given an autonomous and unaccountable role. Some church musicians are not
used to articulating their faith in a verbal way. The music is the way they can enter it.
This is called theological asceticism. Emerges in the 19th century, they would say that
the church is not giving them spiritual fulfillment but art gives spiritual fulfillment.
Begbie proposes a solution. It's a win win situation.Christian faith doesn't have a
constraint on music but is its right purpose. Begbies theory comes from within faith and
academic context. His position is "conventional" he is confessing faith in this book
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