Popular Music and Process Theology
I am Human, Nothing can be Alien to Me
I'd Like to Hear Your Voice in My Ear
I'd Like to be a Rainbow in Your Cloud
"Please share with me the music you love, so that can know a little of what it feels to be you."
Process Image of a Wide Soul
Some Pioneering Wide Souls
who speak to the role popular music, emerging out of African and African-American culture, plays in religious life.
Eight Themes in Rap
and their "Process" Connections
Creativity, Improvisation and Novelty: The Many Become One and are Increased by One
Transgression: Novelty and the Crossing of (Specious) Boundaries, for pleasure and transformation
Romanticism: Hope for Harmony, personal and social
Erotic Power; Reclaiming the unity of mind and body, Whitehead's withness of the body,
no mental without the physical experience, even in God
Prophetic Imagination: Availability of fresh possibilities for social critique and hope (Walter Brueggemann)
Storytelling; the universe is a communion of subjects, not a collection of objects; everything has and is a story
Experiencing the Numinous (through sound): the power of emotions (subjective forms), appreciation for "the depths"
Communitas (ritualized collective Joy in liminal states): Self-Enjoyment in Community with others, includes shared suffering as well as shared joy