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God and Grace of BodySacrament in Ordinary$
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David Brown

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231829

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231829.001.0001

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Blues, Musicals and Opera

Blues, Musicals and Opera

(p.348) 7 Blues, Musicals and Opera
God and Grace of Body

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This chapter begins by exploring how blues, jazz, and soul originated out of spirituals and in part as a legitimate protest against the failure of the religious genre to deal adequately with life and all its problems. Opera, for some aficionados, has become an alternative to religion, not least in the way it opens up the viewer and listener to a world of mystery or magic. Whether there is any essential conflict between opera and religion is examined. It is argued that the themes of such music rightly widen the range of religious experience beyond the church door. Without such a contribution Christianity would be seriously impoverished, given that its worship fights shy of so many of the dilemmas of ordinary life.

Keywords:   music, jazz, soul, religious experience, Christianity

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