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Church Music Through the Lens of Performance

Church Music Through the Lens of Performance

Author: Marcell Silva Steuernagel Format: Hardback Release Date: 15/03/2021

This book is an investigation into church music through the lens of performance theory, both as a discipline and as a theoretical framework. Scholars who address religious music making in general, and Christian church music in particular, use performance in a variety of ways, creating confusion around the term. A systematized performance vocabulary for the study of church music can support interdisciplinary investigations of Christian congregational music making in today's complex, interconnected world. From the perspective of performance theory, all those involved in church musicking are performing, be it from platform or pew. The book employs a hybrid methodology that combines ethnographic research and theory from ritual studies, ethnomusicology, theology, and church music scholarship to establish performance studies as a possible next step in congregational music studies. It demonstrates the feasibility of studying church music as performance by analyzing ethnographic case studies in a developmental framework based on the concepts of ritual, embodiment, and play/change. This book offers a fresh perspective on Christian congregational music making. It will, therefore, be a key reference work for scholars working in Congregational Music Studies, Ethnomusicology, Ritual Studies and Performance Studies, as well as practitioners interested in examining their own church music practices.

Exploring the Spiritual in Popular Music

Exploring the Spiritual in Popular Music

Author: Georgina (University of Central Lancashire, UK) Gregory Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2021

This book highlights how the diverse nature of spiritual practices are experienced and manifest through the medium of popular music. At first glance, chapters on Krishnacore, the Rave Church phenomenon and post-punk repertoire of Psychic TV may appear to have little in common; however, this book draws attention to some of the similarities of the nuances of spiritual expression that underpin the lived experience of popular music. As an interdisciplinary volume, the extensive introduction unpacks and clarifies terminology relating to the study of religion and popular music. The cross-disciplinary approach of the book makes it accessible and appealing to scholars of religious studies, cultural studies, popular music studies and theology. Unlike existing collections dealing with popular music and religion that focus on a specific genre, this innovative book offers a range of music and case studies, with chapters written by international contributors.

The English Reformation: A Very Brief History

The English Reformation: A Very Brief History

Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 18/02/2021

This brief historical introduction to the English Reformation explores the social, political and religious factors that formed the original context in which it emerged, and the major thinkers and writings to which it gave birth. What was its impact on the world at the time and what were the key ideas and values connected with it? At the same time, Alec Ryrie explores the intellectual and cultural `afterlife' of the English Reformation, and considers the ways in which its impact has lasted and been developed in different contexts by later generations. Why is it still considered important today? In what ways is its legacy contested or resisted? And what aspects of its legacy are likely to continue to influence the world in the future? The book has a brief chronology at the front plus a glossary of key terms and a list of further reading at the back.

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology

Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of British and Irish Practical Theology

Author: Andrew P. Rogers Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2021

Practical theology has become a well-established academic discipline in Britain and Ireland over the past half century, evidenced in its chairs, journals, books, conferences and contribution to transformed practices. The British and Irish Association for Practical Theology (BIAPT) and its journal, Practical Theology, has had a significant role to play in the story of the discipline. This volume is a celebration of practical theology in Britain and Ireland in all its inventiveness and variety on the occasion of BIAPT's twenty-fifth birthday. It offers an account of its roots in its emergence from the Scottish Pastoral Association in the 1960s, its trajectories established in the journal Contact / Practical Theology and how human experience has been a constant companion on the journey. The book considers a range of methodologies including engagement with popular culture, public theology, the arts and the importance of conversation. It explores new shoots in the discipline that consider how sexuality, ethnicity and different religious traditions may be addressed within practical theology. It concludes by asking how it may be fruitful in the future, by reflecting on the challenges ahead, not least the ubiquity of ignorance. This is a landmark text in the unfolding of British and Irish practical theology in all its glorious distinctiveness, which promises to be a major contribution to international debate in the discipline. The chapters in this book were first published in Practical Theology.

Studying Congregational Music

Studying Congregational Music

Author: Andrew (Northeastern University, USA) Mall Format: Hardback Release Date: 16/02/2021

Studying the role of music within religious congregations has become an increasingly complex exercise. The significant variations in musical style and content between different congregations require an interdisciplinary methodology that enables an accurate analysis, while also allowing for nuance in interpretation. This book is the first to help scholars think through the complexities of interdisciplinary research on congregational music-making by critically examining the theories and methods used by leading scholars in the field. An international and interdisciplinary panel of contributors introduce readers to a variety of research methodologies within the emerging field of Congregational Music Studies. Utilising insights from fields such as communications studies, ethnomusicology, history, liturgical studies, popular music studies, religious studies, and theology, they examine and model methodologies and theoretical perspectives that are grounded in each of these disciplines. In addition, this volume presents several key issues to ground these interpretive frameworks in the context of congregational music studies. These include topics like diaspora, ethics, gender, and migration. This book is a new milestone in the study of music amongst congregations, detailing the very latest in best academic practice. As such, it will be of great use to scholars of religious studies, music, and theology, as well as anyone engaging in ethnomusicological studies more generally.

After Life ... Afterlife?

After Life ... Afterlife?

Author: John Symons Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2021

In late 2019 the Corona virus emerged and spread quickly around the world. With it went the invisible virus of fear. No one knew how many of those who caught it would die, but the fear of death was in the air. Most of the world was locked down. No public figure asked or tried to answer the questions, at one time so deeply felt: 'Is death the end?' 'Is there an afterlife?' Perhaps they assumed the answers 'Yes' and 'No' respectively but, the author argues, those answers are not to be taken for granted. Unasked questions cause untold psychological trouble. The author tackles these questions in a direct, open way of interest to believers and non-believers alike. In fact he asks 'If you do not believe, do you wish there were an afterlife?' He acknowledges that he feels great sympathy with and respect for those who do not believe in the life of the world to come, and admits that he was once one such. In the book he explains frankly what he now believes and why. He argues that it is the most important question that any of us faces: Are we or are we not created by God to live forever, first in this world and then in His nearer presence in the life of the world to come? It is not a comfortable question to face, but which answer is true?

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts

Author: Sarah Covington Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/01/2021

The Reformation was one of the defining cultural turning points in Western history, even if there is a longstanding stereotype that Protestants did away with art and material culture. Rather than reject art and aestheticism, Protestants developed their own aesthetic values, which Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts addresses as it identifies and explains the link between theological aesthetics and the arts within a Protestant framework across five-hundred years of history. Featuring essays from an international gathering of leading experts working across a diverse set of disciplines, Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts is the first study of its kind, containing essays that address Protestantism and the fine arts (visual art, music, literature, and architecture), and historical and contemporary Protestant theological perspectives on the subject of beauty and imagination. Contributors challenge accepted preconceptions relating to the boundaries of theological aesthetics and religiously determined art; disrupt traditional understandings of periodization and disciplinarity; and seek to open rich avenues for new fields of research. Building on renewed interest in Protestantism in the study of religion and modernity and the return to aesthetics in Christian theological inquiry, this volume will be of significant interest to scholars of Theology, Aesthetics, Art and Architectural History, Literary Criticism, and Religious History.

An Introduction to Religious Language

An Introduction to Religious Language

Author: Dr Valerie (University of Sheffield, UK) Hobbs Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Religious language is all around us, embedded in advertising, politics and news media. This book introduces readers to the field of theolinguistics, the study of religious language. Investigating the ways in which people talk to and about God, about the sacred and about religion itself, it considers why people make certain linguistic choices and what they accomplish. Introducing the key methods required for examining religious language, Valerie Hobbs acquaints readers with the most common and important theolinguistic features and their functions. Using critical corpus-assisted discourse analysis with a focus on archaic and other lexical features, metaphor, agency and intertextuality, she examines religious language in context. Highlighting its use in both expected locations, such as modern-day prayer and politics, and unexpected locations including advertising, sport, healthcare and news media, Hobbs analyses the shifting and porous linguistic boundaries between the religious and the secular. With discussion questions and lists of further readings for each chapter, and a companion website featuring video excerpts, tools for corpus research and links to archives, this is the ideal introduction to the study of religious language.

An Introduction to Religious Language

An Introduction to Religious Language

Author: Dr Valerie (University of Sheffield, UK) Hobbs Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/01/2021

Religious language is all around us, embedded in advertising, politics and news media. This book introduces readers to the field of theolinguistics, the study of religious language. Investigating the ways in which people talk to and about God, about the sacred and about religion itself, it considers why people make certain linguistic choices and what they accomplish. Introducing the key methods required for examining religious language, Valerie Hobbs acquaints readers with the most common and important theolinguistic features and their functions. Using critical corpus-assisted discourse analysis with a focus on archaic and other lexical features, metaphor, agency and intertextuality, she examines religious language in context. Highlighting its use in both expected locations, such as modern-day prayer and politics, and unexpected locations including advertising, sport, healthcare and news media, Hobbs analyses the shifting and porous linguistic boundaries between the religious and the secular. With discussion questions and lists of further readings for each chapter, and a companion website featuring video excerpts, tools for corpus research and links to archives, this is the ideal introduction to the study of religious language.

Religion: The Basics

Religion: The Basics

Author: Malory Nye Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

First published in 2014. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Religion in an Ageing Society

Religion in an Ageing Society

Author: Peter Kevern, Paul Kingston, Susan Benbow Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Two convictions underlie this book. The first is that religious communities in a secular, pluralist society with an ageing population share some important features and respond to the challenges in similar ways. The second is that aged people may share a spirituality, insights and wisdom regardless of which religious group (if any) formally claims their allegiance. For these reasons, there are important lessons to be learned by viewing ageing through the lens of religion, and vice versa. This book considers the relationship between ageing and religious belonging not just from the perspective of the individual and their carer(s), but from that of the religious community as a whole. Ground-breaking essays on key themes setting the global context of religion and aging in 21st century developed societies, are accompanied by shorter and more accessible chapters on practical topics arising from the relationship of religious communities to ageing in contemporary western settings.

British Jihadism

British Jihadism

Author: Paul Stott Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/01/2021

Analysing the involvement of a small but not insignificant number of British Muslims in a series of conflicts since the early 1990s this book interrogates and develops understandings of Jihad, Islamic revivalism, Terrorism and the British government's policies towards both the Muslim majority world and the UK's Muslim population. Utilising data compiled from a meticulous empirical study of jihadist websites, their support organisations, social media, ethnic media and local, national, international press it details and examines British Muslim involvement in Jihadist struggles in more than fifteen countries including Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Israel, Pakistan, Somalia, Syria and Yemen as well as exploring the development of domestic political violence within the United Kingdom Formulating a detailed conceptualisation of British Jihadists' aims, objectives and practices the book presents original conceptual and theoretical critiques and broadens the current research. The author locates British Jihadism within a politico-religious framework emerging over the last three decades and positions himself between orthodox and critical research paradigms to move beyond simplistic debates seeking to blame events on British foreign policy or Islam per se. Instead the focus is on the desire of some British Muslims to assert, achieve and maintain 'status' and the refusal of others to recognise the development of international actors such as Al Qaeda and Islamic State or domestic trends involving young British Muslims willing to use violence.