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Music Theology

Music Theology Study Group

The Music Theology study group meets every two weeks on Mondays (1pm-2pm) in Linton Room, St John’s College during University term time. The group includes staff and postgraduates from the departments of music and theology and is also open to undergraduate students taking the Music Theology level 3 module.

The study group serves as a forum to discuss new publications in theology and music, normally using a book chapter or journal article. The group also provides a friendly environment where staff and students can present their current research, including drafts for book chapters and conference papers.

Music Theology Study Group 2016/2017

The dates of the study group for the Michaelmas term are:

17 October 2016:
McGann, Mary E. Exploring Music as Worship and Theology : Research in Liturgical Practice. American Essays in Liturgy. Collegeville, Minn.: Liturgical Press, 2002.

31 October 2016: Scruton, Roger. "Music and the Transcendental." In Music and Transcendence edited by Férdia J. Stone-Davis: Burlington, VT Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate, 2015

14 November 2016:
Berger, Theresa. 'Women in Worship' in The Oxford History of Christian Worship edited by Geoffrey Wainwright and Karen B. Westerfield Tucker Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 755-768

28 November 2016: Brown, Julie 'Schoenberg as Christ', in Schoenberg and Redemption ed. Julie Brown. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004), 33-56.

12 December 2016: Kwasniewski, Patrick 'Anton Bruckner, Sacred Tonality and Parsifal's Redemption: Spiritual Enfleshment and the Musical Via Positiva'. Logos: A Journal of Catholic Thought and Culture 8:2, 2005 17-55. Download here.

Other works that have been considered by the music theology group include:

Sacred Music in Secular Society by John Arnold (Aldershot: Ashgate Press, 2014)
Resonant Witness – Conversations between Music and Theology. Edited by Jeremy S. Begbie and Stephen R. Guthrie (Grand Rapids, Mich.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2011)
Secular Music and Sacred Theology. Edited by Tom Beaudoin (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 2013)
Music in American Religious Experience. Edited by Bohlman, Blumhofer & Chow. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)
Music as Theology: What Music has to say about the Word. By Maeve Louise Heaney (Eugene, Or: Pickwick Publications, 2012)
J. Andreas Loewe 'Musica Est Optimum': Martin Luther's Theory of Music, Music and Letters 94:4 (2013)

If you wish to join the study group, please email Andrew Moss (