Special Issue "Music and Spirituality"


A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 November 2014

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Edward Foley
Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, USA
Website: http://www.ctu.edu/academics/edward-foley-capuchin
E-Mail: foley@ctu.edu
Interests: practical; theology; worship; music; preaching

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Across time and geography people have known the power of music for evoking the gods and acquiring spiritual insight. Whether arising as a textless chant by a single voice or a percussive auditory context for ritual dance, music in its various modes is a virtually ubiquitous companion to religious and spiritual practices. The apparently intangible, insubstantial nature of sound is one of the reasons why music has so effectively symbolized the mysterious and wholly other since the dawn of creation. Not only an accompaniment to one’s spiritual trek, musical compositions from the great oratorios of Handel to the soundtrack to the movie Lord of the Rings also serve as powerful metaphors and inspirations for that journey.

Prof. Dr. Edward Foley
Guest Editor


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  • spirituality
  • music
  • acoustics
  • sound
  • rhythm
  • movement
  • chant

Published Papers (6 papers)

Religions 2014, 5(2), 361-384; doi:10.3390/rel5020361
Received: 1 January 2014; in revised form: 12 March 2014 / Accepted: 13 March 2014 / Published: 1 April 2014
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Religions 2014, 5(1), 76-89; doi:10.3390/rel5010076
Received: 23 November 2013; in revised form: 17 January 2014 / Accepted: 17 January 2014 / Published: 29 January 2014
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Religions 2013, 4(4), 687-700; doi:10.3390/rel4040687
Received: 23 October 2013; in revised form: 3 December 2013 / Accepted: 4 December 2013 / Published: 18 December 2013
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Religions 2013, 4(4), 657-668; doi:10.3390/rel4040657
Received: 1 November 2013; in revised form: 6 December 2013 / Accepted: 9 December 2013 / Published: 11 December 2013
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Religions 2013, 4(4), 567-583; doi:10.3390/rel4040567
Received: 1 October 2013; in revised form: 6 November 2013 / Accepted: 7 November 2013 / Published: 13 November 2013
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Religions 2013, 4(4), 485-501; doi:10.3390/rel4040485
Received: 9 September 2013; in revised form: 24 September 2013 / Accepted: 1 October 2013 / Published: 9 October 2013
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Last update: 15 May 2014

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