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Radical Theologies and Philosophies

Music and the Generosity of God

Authors: Liu, Gerald C.

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    • Argues that sound can manifest divine generosity.
    • Fills a gap in the theological engagement with avant-garde music.
    • Appeals to scholars in areas of music, theology, and phenomenology. 

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About this book

What if sounds everywhere lavish divine generosity? Merging insights from Jean-Luc Marion with musical ingenuity from Pierre Boulez and John Cage’s 4’33”, Gerald C. Liu blends the phenomenological, theological, and musical to formulate a hypothesis that in all places, soundscapes instantiate divine giving without boundary. He aims to widen apprehension of holiness in the world, and privileges the ubiquity of sound as a limitless and easily accessible portal for discovering the inexhaustible magnitude of divine giving.      

About the authors

Gerald C. Liu is Assistant Professor of Worship and Preaching at Princeton Theological Seminary, USA. 

Reviews

“Gerald Liu’s book is an achievement of interdisciplinarity. Creatively synthesizing approaches drawn from a variety of far-flung fields, the work advances a radically open and pluralistic vision for the theological significance of all manner of sonic expression, from the esoteric to the everyday. At the heart of the book’s analysis are provocative re-assessments of several monuments of postwar modernist composition. Alongside Liu’s intricate defense of the value of 'the din of the sacred,' readers will find engaging excursions into twentieth-century cultural and intellectual history. This stimulating volume deserves a wide audience, one just as diverse and multidisciplinary as are the forms of insight that lend it such a distinctive voice.” (Benjamin Looker, author of A Nation of Neighborhoods: Imagining Cities, Communities, and Democracy in Postwar America)

“Heidegger would be proud. In Music and the Generosity of God, Gerald C. Liu leads us beyond theo-phenomenological delimitations of musics (plural) in search of a non-conceptual, non-representational, non-discursive mode of sacramental perception. Liu stages an opening—beyond multiple metaphysical and metaphorical closures—in several unexpected works, viz., Robert Rauschenberg’s White Paintings, Pierre Boulez’s Structures Ia, and John Cage’s 4’33”. Inasmuch as these artists harbor sites of Divine generosity, Liu argues, their works free us to perceive a primordial charity wherein, perhaps, God might reveal Godself. This pithy yet expansive text demands careful attention from ethnomusicologists, philosophers, theologians—indeed, all who seek God amid the world’s ‘sonic ubiquity.’” (Jacob D. Myers, Assistant Professor of Homiletics, Columbia Theological Seminary, USA)

“For any who have spent energy considering the relationship between music and theology, this succinct and unsettling contribution by Dr. Liu is a must read.  An unabashed romp through late colonial theories, Cagian contributions, and theological interlocutors, this small book is nonetheless expansive in its vision. His work poses many questions.  While not agreeing with every idea, I cannot dismiss his helpfulness in expanding the field. If  you are interested in examining the role of music in a post-modern theological mode, then this is your guide.” (Edward Foley, Catholic theological Union, USA)


Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Liu, Gerald C.

    Pages 1-14

  • A Silent Prayer

    Liu, Gerald C.

    Pages 15-35

  • Theological Stocktaking with Pierre Boulez

    Liu, Gerald C.

    Pages 37-52

  • The Epistle of 4'33"

    Liu, Gerald C.

    Pages 53-67

  • The Ubiquity of Music and Sacramental Life

    Liu, Gerald C.

    Pages 69-92

Buy this book

eBook $54.99
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69493-1
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $69.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-69492-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $69.99
price for USA
  • Customers within the U.S. and Canada please contact Customer Service at +1-800-777-4643, Latin America please contact us at +1-212-460-1500 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).
  • Due: January 8, 2020
  • ISBN 978-3-319-88787-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Music and the Generosity of God
Authors
Series Title
Radical Theologies and Philosophies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69493-1
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69493-1
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69492-4
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88787-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 140
Number of Illustrations
4 b/w illustrations
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