A Generous Excess

  • David BrownEmail author
  • Gavin Hopps


The chapter is in four sections. The first provides various reasons for rejecting theological accounts which insist significant divine communication should be seen as confined to the Bible alone, a point that is elaborated in the second section as the argument is developed in the opposite direction against non-believers who deny any cognitive possibility for religion. A longer section then considers the various types of aesthetic theory currently applied to music and how religious experience through music may be analysed as a further distinct element which may or may not supervene on a purely aesthetic experience: a generous excess, as it were. The final section examines the relation between words and music in five examples of musical settings of famous biblical encounters between an individual and God.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of St. AndrewsSt. AndrewsUK

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