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Theology, Music, and Modernity: Struggles for Freedom

Jeremy Begbie, Daniel K L Chua, and Markus Rathey


This book addresses the question: how can the study of music contribute to the theological reading of modernity? It seeks to demonstrate that the making and hearing of music, and the discourses surrounding music, can bear their own particular kind of witness to the theological dynamics that have characterized and shaped modernity, and especially with respect to modernity’s ambivalent relation to the God of the Christian faith. Music can provide a distinctive ‘theological performance’ of some of modernity’s most characteristic impulses and orientations. The guiding theme of the book is freedom: ... More

Keywords: freedom, Scripture, imagination, New Creation, language, Enlightenment, singing, secularization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780198846550
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198846550.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jeremy Begbie, editor
Thomas A. Langford Distinguished Professor of Theology, Duke University

Daniel K L Chua, editor
Mr and Mrs Hung Hing-Ying Professor in the Arts and Professor of Music, University of Hong Kong

Markus Rathey, editor
Robert S. Tangeman Professor in the Practice of Music History, Yale University

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