Special Issue "Music and Spirituality"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2014)
Prof. Dr. Edward Foley
Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, USA
Interests: practical; theology; worship; music; preaching
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
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