The questions that sacred music asks us to consider are deep, personal, and spiritually powerful. And as is the case for most of these kinds of questions, the music doesn’t provide clear answers. For Christians who are used to looking at Scripture for those answers, the Deus Ex Musica project may be challenging. Since sacred music is a form of art, it actually asks more questions than it answers – by opening up our hearts and minds to deeper and deeper dimensions of Scripture.
So though I believe that the Scriptures point us toward Truth, I also believe that we Christians need to maintain an attitude of humility when we approach the Bible – especially when we discuss our faith with our spiritual sisters and brothers. In a time when Christians are deeply divided by our own beliefs, I think that the Deus Ex Musica project is valuable because it creates an environment that promotes open, honest, and humble questioning and discussion – the kind of environment that allows true ecumenical conversation to happen.
Maybe, if we learn how to listen to music, we can also learn how to listen to each other.
- Delvyn Case
attention - beauty - being present - compassion - connections - devotion - enthusiasm - faith
forgiveness - grace - gratitude - hope - hospitality - imagination - joy - justice - kindness - listening
love - meaning - nurturing - openness - peace - play - questing - reverence - shadow - silence
teachers - transformation - unity - vision - wonder - x, the mystery - yearning - you - zeal