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Religion, Rock, and Research

Religion, Rock, and Research Religion, Rocle, and Research Bernd Schwarze The real knowing is in the playing. Drums give up their true secrets only to players, not to Ph.D.s.-Mickey Hart, Drumming at the Edge of Magi.cl What Mickey Hart says about drums here could be corroborated by many other utterances of musicians or music lovers. Indeed, the real knowing is in the playing-or in the listening. But is this an omi­ nous motto for a scientific attempt at understanding the relationship between rock music and religion? I do not think so. Above all, this motto indicates that religion and music have something in common. Theo-logy and Musico-logy Speaking about God has always been a fundamental problem in philo­ sophical and theological debates. Talk about God always remains within the discrepancy between "want to / have to" and "cannot!' In a proper theological discourse, God cannot be objectified. The word God circumscribes, first of all, a concern of essence, not of existence. In Judea-Christian terms, however, God can be viewed in the context of existence and materia (creation/incarnation). Now, without any doubt it can be said that music has material aspects: Music exists . Materia are needed to perform music. Instru­ ments-sound progenitors and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Black Sacred Music Duke University Press

Religion, Rock, and Research

Black Sacred Music , Volume 8 (1) – Mar 1, 1994

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Copyright © 1994 by Duke University Press
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1043-9455
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2640-9879
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10.1215/10439455-8.1.78
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Religion, Rocle, and Research Bernd Schwarze The real knowing is in the playing. Drums give up their true secrets only to players, not to Ph.D.s.-Mickey Hart, Drumming at the Edge of Magi.cl What Mickey Hart says about drums here could be corroborated by many other utterances of musicians or music lovers. Indeed, the real knowing is in the playing-or in the listening. But is this an omi­ nous motto for a scientific attempt at understanding the relationship between rock music and religion? I do not think so. Above all, this motto indicates that religion and music have something in common. Theo-logy and Musico-logy Speaking about God has always been a fundamental problem in philo­ sophical and theological debates. Talk about God always remains within the discrepancy between "want to / have to" and "cannot!' In a proper theological discourse, God cannot be objectified. The word God circumscribes, first of all, a concern of essence, not of existence. In Judea-Christian terms, however, God can be viewed in the context of existence and materia (creation/incarnation). Now, without any doubt it can be said that music has material aspects: Music exists . Materia are needed to perform music. Instru­ ments-sound progenitors and

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Black Sacred MusicDuke University Press

Published: Mar 1, 1994

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