Ritual’s Musicality

“Ritual’s Musicality: Music as Innate to Bodies at Worship” by Dr. Bruce T. Morrill, S.J.

January 18, 2018 – Noon to 1PM – Room G-20 (Divinity ground floor)

Whereas people widely recognize from experience that music enlivens Christian liturgy and other types of corporate worship, explaining and exploiting scientifically and theologically why that is the case has proven a difficult-but increasingly rewarding-challenge. This lecture will review key findings on the bodily effects (as opposed to simply attending to the texts and language) of ritual song, as well as silence, as these prove constitutive of the shared human action of divine worship.

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