Posted by: judy | May 14, 2009

Music & Theology from Andy Crouch

musical notes

I have taken a little hiatus from following the wanderings of Andy Crouch peddling his heretical book, Culture Making:Recovering Our Creative Calling.

Because A) I was really exhausted of his idolized thoughts about his thoughts and B) This past semester at a private Christian college we paid $2,145 for an honor level Humanities Course which studied Andy Crouch’s ideology. Our daughter even had to do a ‘culture making’ project.

Well, not much has changed in the last 5 months. Andy Crouch is still filled with his own ideas with little to no biblical foundation. 

Actually, Andy makes a great argument against himself. By comparing music to theology; in a very clear historical explanation of Classical and Jazz music he simplistically describes what happens when man adds his thoughts to God’s Word.

We were intended to be a creative force-not all classical musicians, not all jazz musicians-but creating, improvising, interpreting and making new music.

  • creating . . . new music theology
  • improvising . . . new music theology
  • interpreting . . .  new music theology
  • making . . . new music theology

Could this be a working definition of syncretism?

Consider this article Andy Crouch talks Jazz and Classical Theology:

So what does this have to do with theology? Spencer suggests Andy’s theology could be compared to classical, and Spencer’s to jazz. One might sound dissident, or even ugly, to the other. But both are a response to tradition. Both are creative and an improvisation, an interpretation. Ultimately, says Andy, both are trying to make music. Whatever kind of music you play, it’s in the service of a more remarkable, mysterious, and beautiful thing of which we only get glimpses. And both are enriched and influenced by dialogue.

Music theory is not the same as music. And while theology is partly about sorting out the rules that make up the music of our faith, theology is not faith. We should not get locked into postures against each other. Rather, do we agree on the stories that animate us? Do we agree on the mystery, the beauty and terror of our world? And can we play our music together?

Andy’s book, “Culture Making: Celebrating and informing those who cultivate and create,” explores how Christians have gotten bent out of shape in regards to our culture. We’ve moved through phases of condemning culture, to critiquing, copying and consuming it. What is really needed says Andy, is for Christians to create and cultivate culture. Because there’s something missing in our world. We were intended to be a creative force-not all classical musicians, not all jazz musicians-but creating, improvising, interpreting and making new music.

[emphasis mine]

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