Speaking of secular music, I was listening to a favourite recording of one of Monteverdi's madrigals, 'si ch'io vorrei morire' when a work colleague came in and said "Are you listening to your Jesus music again?" (yeah, he's a bright one!) 'Mate, far from it! If you knew what it was about, you'd be mortified!" (especially in the context of the 16th century) "It's a bit raunchy!"
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Thanks Pim, for the history. Indeed, the music reaches in and tugs at something visceral within.
And then there's the architecture.
As an amateur astronomer, I often ponder the link between Astronomy and Architecture.
Ancient peoples gazed to the heavens, saw (imagined?) their Gods and then built temples to them.
Now, here's a different slant on things...
We often bow to the God of Science and give thanks for our advancement but many principles of mechanics, engineering and mathematics were forged in the carving and assembling of stone for these massive temples to the gods.
How different would our world have been without the inspiration of these Deities, real or not, to drive us along this path?
Quite so. But I don't think humans are quite done with all the cosmic stuff yet. In fact with the green economy that must emerge as the imperative of regreening the planet becomes more and more a no-brainer during this and subsequent centuries I'd expect a theology that reflects this imperative to evolve. To that add the deeper understanding of the cosmos and our place within it that comes with every probe from Voyager to Cassini and beyond, and I would envisage a heightened spirituality in the future. Not less. It would certainly be a lot more edifying than the current worship of Mammon with shopping malls as its temples that we are all adherents of. Even KTJ and Matt!
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