Discovering God in Music’s Excess
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The chapter has two main parts. The first is concerned to clarify how best to make sense of such epistemic encounters through music. From the human side it is important to note that emotion can sometimes convey truth, while from the divine an important parallel is drawn with prayer: Just as in contemplative prayer it is a matter of the individual opening up to a God is already present everywhere, so with music it is a case of its ‘excess’ enabling barriers to dissolve between our material world and God’s immaterial reality. A shorter second part then explores contextual restraints on such possibilities among both believers and non-believers, as well as sometimes in the music itself.