2007_08_31_Notes - Friday The Theological Enterprise or the...

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The Theological Enterprise; or the Music of the Christian Life, Part 2 Contextualists:  Both modes of theology represent modes of abstraction – whether it is whiteness  or black power.  Don’t get lost in the language of whiteness, and on the other side, don’t celebrate  the opposite. Music:  One part of jazz improvisation is to HEAR.  When we HEAR whiteness, we HEAR merely  accusation.  What we must strain to hear is the deeper theological problem embedded in it. What is theology? It all arose out of a certain distortion of theology.   (Today’s world, power structure is called “whiteness”.)  (Whiteness:  global economies, finance  markets, marketing, current day power.) Geographies called the desert are relative to the other geographies. I need to “do” the theological term. Whiteness, not as a group of people.  Don’t think of a group of people.  It’s a social order, it’s the  air that we breath. How should theology be imagined?  No liberal, no orthodoxy (it was distorted at the very  beginning.) What’s important is the SONG – and how the improvisation, and the blend of players together  play the melody, keep it pushing further, handing off to one another, bass, drums, saxophone,  keyboards. Creation’s first word is a word of praise for its creation, which presupposes its creator. There are two points embedded in the lesson “to always play the song”. PLAY!!!!!  Jazz is first and foremost an action, an action in the present, in this instance.   What is required to hear?  Ears!!!! It presupposes the presence of the body.  Physicality. What kind of knowledge is jazz?
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2012 for the course XIANTHEO 32 taught by Professor J.kameroncarter during the Fall '07 term at Duke.

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