God's Mind in That Music: Theological Explorations through the Music of John Coltrane

God s Mind in That Music Theological Explorations through the Music of John Coltrane As part of the growing literature on theology and the arts God s Mind in that Music explores the substantial theological insight expressed in the music of jazz legend John Coltrane Focusing on eight

  • Title: God's Mind in That Music: Theological Explorations through the Music of John Coltrane
  • Author: Jamie Howison
  • ISBN: 9781620321560
  • Page: 500
  • Format: Paperback
  • As part of the growing literature on theology and the arts, God s Mind in that Music explores the substantial theological insight expressed in the music of jazz legend John Coltrane Focusing on eight of Coltrane s pieces, themes under consideration include lament Alabama , improvisation My Favorite Things and Ascension , grace A Love Supreme , and the Trinity As part of the growing literature on theology and the arts, God s Mind in that Music explores the substantial theological insight expressed in the music of jazz legend John Coltrane Focusing on eight of Coltrane s pieces, themes under consideration include lament Alabama , improvisation My Favorite Things and Ascension , grace A Love Supreme , and the Trinity The Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost By attending to the traditions of theology and of jazz criticism, and through a series of interviews with musicians, theologians, and jazz writers, Jamie Howison draws the worlds of theology and jazz into an active and vibrant conversation with each other Built around a focused listening to John Coltrane s music as heard against the background of his life and social context, and interacting with the work of a range of writers including James Baldwin, Dorothee Soelle, Jeremy Begbie, and James Cone, God s Mind in that Music will be of interest not only to those interested in the intersection of music and theology, but also to Coltrane fans, students of jazz studies, and anyone who believes that music matters.

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    About “Jamie Howison

    • Jamie Howison

      Jamie Howison is a priest of the Anglican Church of Canada and the founding pastoral leader of saint benedict s table, a church community located in Winnipeg Over the years he has authored an array of articles and reviews, and has contributed chapters to Get Up Off Your Knees preaching the U2 catalogue Cowley, 2003 , Creating Change the arts as catalyst for spiritual transformation CopperHouse, 2008 , and Fresh and Re Fresh Church Planting and Urban Mission in Canada Post Christendom Allelon, 2009 As part of the research phase for God s Mind in that Music, he spent time as Scholar in Residence at the Burke Library of Union Theological Seminary and as a resident scholar at the Collegeville Institute at St John s Abbey, Minnesota.

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    • If I could give this book six stars, I would. It is beautiful, profound, thoughtful and unique. Reading it was a joyful, educational and profound experience.God's Mind in That Music is two things: Firstly, an exploration of theology in music, and secondly, an exploration of the life, work and meaning of John Coltrane's music on its own terms. In both halves it delivers quite well. It is remarkable to me that it would be a fascinating read for theologians who do not care for Coltrane, as well as [...]


    • Review first appeared here: stevebishop/201A recent trend in theology has been theology for and through the arts - in the first art is understood in the light of theology, the second asks the question "What can the arts bring to theology?" Howison’s book takes the latter approach but within a narrower scope: the life and music of John Coltrane.Coltrane is the first, and probably, only jazz musician who has had a church formed in his name: Saint John Will-I-Am Coltrane African Orthodox Church, [...]


    • Someone once told me they were much less interested in books people had read once, than ones they'd read twice.There are two fine books I've read twice this year alone: Malcolm Guite's Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination and Gregory Wolfe's Beauty Will Save the World: Recovering the Human in an Idealogical Age. I've just finished another, which I plan to immediately begin again. Winnipeg author Jamie Howison's new book God's Mind in That Music: Theological Explorations th [...]


    • The most important idea I took away from this book is the ability to see music as inherently theological. There is no need for explicitly religious lyrics when music itself -- the content and the way it's played and the story behind its composition -- can reveal something to us about God and the human condition.This is exactly what Howison would like his readers to see in the music of John Coltrane. When Trane blew on his horn, he was praying. And through a careful listen of his music we also ca [...]



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