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"Carmen Dei: Music and Creation in Three Theologians"
Theology Today (2006)
  • Peter J. Casarella, DePaul University
Abstract

The essay traces the idea that God creates the world with the harmony, order, and beauty of a song or poem (carmen Dei), through the works of St. Augustine, St. Bonaventure, and John Polkinghorne. Some common themes emerge: The idea of musical temporalization, the harmonious unity of the world, a logic of wholes and parts, the priority of a theological aesthetics, the realization of temporal harmonies in daily life, and the notion that the composition of the world is produced by a trinitarian Creator and that its last note will be played in an eschatologically open future.

Keywords
  • carmen Dei,
  • God,
  • Creator,
  • Trinitarian,
  • music,
  • creation,
  • harmony,
  • order,
  • beauty,
  • song,
  • poem,
  • St. Augustine,
  • St. Bonaventure,
  • John Polkinghorne,
  • musical temporalization,
  • unity,
  • logic,
  • theological aesthetics,
  • temporal harmonies
Publication Date
Winter January, 2006
Citation Information
Peter J. Casarella. ""Carmen Dei: Music and Creation in Three Theologians"" Theology Today Vol. 62 Iss. 4 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/petercasarella/14/