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Religions 2013, 4(4), 567-583; doi:10.3390/rel4040567

Music and Spirituality: Reflections from a Western Christian Perspective

Emeritus Professor of Church Music, Luther Seminary, 2481 Como Ave, St. Paul, MN 55108, USA
Received: 1 October 2013 / Revised: 6 November 2013 / Accepted: 7 November 2013 / Published: 13 November 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Music and Spirituality)
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Music and spirituality in a Christian view start with faith in the Word of God in response to the initiative of God who, as personal being through the Word revealed in Christ, seeks out persons even when they do not seek God. This mystery finds its goal in what is beyond expression in music from a variety of musical styles and syntaxes, from various times and places, in praise and prayer, and in relation to all of life. Matters like memory, health, emotion, time, silence, and community are involved. Paradoxes and a dark side are noted. View Full-Text
Keywords: Word of God; vocalization; jubilus; chant; proclamation; praise; prayer; text; tune; beauty Word of God; vocalization; jubilus; chant; proclamation; praise; prayer; text; tune; beauty
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Westermeyer, P. Music and Spirituality: Reflections from a Western Christian Perspective. Religions 2013, 4, 567-583.

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