Sketching a Theology of Song
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2013
© 2013 The Author. New Blackfriars © 2013 The Dominican Council.
Volume 94, Issue 1052, pages 415–424, July 2013
How to Cite
Lew, L. (2013), Sketching a Theology of Song. New Blackfriars, 94: 415–424. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-2005.2012.01517.x
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2013
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2013
Music, and particularly song, is an act of love that has to be sustained in being by the love of the singer. Music also moves one to contemplate the Other. Hence it may be appropriated as an analogy for exploring the theology of creation as a sustained loving act of the Triune God. Building on Clement of Alexandria's image of Christ as the New Song, the analogy is further developed to explore the theology of the new creation, in which the gracious work of the sanctification of the human person is also a sustained loving act of the Holy Trinity. The end of this is that the Christian should become taken up into the New Song, and become part of it.