Christian Theology 32
November 28, 2007
Final Examination: Thursday, 13
3 parts of the exam
Questions 1 and 2 required
Question 3 – only a, b, c, or d
The course follows the 3 parts of the Creed, we believe in the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Part 1: We believe in the Father. What is theology? As a discourse, it is akin to jazz, in
particular, jazz improvisation. Jazz is the kind of craft, the kind of discourse, that does not allow,
that tends to resist, observation from a distance. You need to enter the performance in order to
understand it. Crouch: Even in the front row observing, you can’t get the deepest understanding.
You must enter into the very performance itself. It is not a knowledge at a distance, in abtracto,
that you can observe and police, but one that calls for us to get on the stage and for us to actually
And that depends upon one’s knowledge of the craft – to have the skills to play.
The point is on 2 levels: About jazz with a segway into Scripture.
It requires that you conform your life to the very practicing of jazz itself. It’s not just something
that you do, it’s a form of life, a form of existence itself.
One of the things he’s discovered during the period of this course – Stanley Crouch actually came
to Duke and gave a lecture – at the Nasher. The auditorium filled up! And he looked around and
noticed who was in the audience and what got his attention was that the audience was full with all
these white folk! This is a black man talking about the jazz performance of another black man.
And what he came to understand is that some of the deepest carriers of the jazz venue are the
It’s not just that there is this 3
thing out there, this out there object where we all meet. It’s that
they enter into it so deeply that it becomes theirs. [So it’s not just that I meet in the court, it’s that
I live in the court, and I become a person of the court.]
This white woman has so immersed herself in the craft, in the tradition that she now speaks the
tradition. You don’t hear the scholar who controls it, who handles it and turns it. She has
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