Music as Well-being
Interlude Two: Music and Christian Theology
Interlude Two Music and Christian Theology I expect that many readers of this book might have expected a greater explo- ration of this area. However, I have set out above a situating of religion in the domain of Values; this enables the liminal/spiritual space, which we shall explore next to be either religion-full or religion-free. This interlude will examine in a little more detail how Christian theology has viewed music as spiritual experience.1 It has been regarded as an icon and a sacrament; but Thomas and Manning see the iconic effect lying in the relationship between the music and personal taste. These authors, although acknowledging the dominance of Western classical music in the literature, open up the power of the sacred to a variety of musics (Thomas and Manning 1995). Geoffrey Moore sees the hymn as iconic because it is physical and guides our vision, thought and understanding (G. Moore 2015 p. 7). The function of religion in relation to spirituality is to situate it within an integrated system of global meaning. Some writers see a religious frame as essential for a balanced spirituality. Miner and Dowson (2012) see phi- losophy and psychology as: an objective means of describing and analysing aspects of spiritual experiences, but not of fully expressing their ineffable qualities. On the other hand, music, literature and the arts are often used to give partial expression to spiritual traits, states and experiences. Yet, there is always a sense of incompleteness in musical, literary and 1 There is...
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