Music in Martin Luther's theology

Kartawidjaja, Yakub Entjun (2019) Music in Martin Luther's theology. Doctoral thesis.

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Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral thesis)
Titel: Music in Martin Luther's theology
Samenvatting (EN): The present study aims to analyse the impact of Luther’s theology on his thoughts about music. It limits itself to an analysis of the topic by focusing on the three most important statements of Luther about music in his unfinished treatise Περι της μουσικης [On Music]. The first statement is that music is “a gift of God and not of man” [Dei donum hominum est], second, music “creates joyful soul” [facit letos animos], and third, music “drives away the devil” [fugat diabolum]. The relation between these three statements to each other and to Luther’s theology in general can be understood in connection with his personal experiences and commitments to music, which were undergirded by his theology. Luther, as a man of medieval times, took for granted the existence of the devil, and many of his writings contained frequent references to the personal attacks of the devil, where it influenced his thoughts about music. I argued that the most significant contribution to Luther’s thoughts on music is understood from his perspective of the devil, principally in his Anfechtung. In Luther’s thinking, music is given by God as the Holy Spirit’s instrument to expel the devil, after which he could give praise to God in singing or playing musical instruments to act as a witness in order for others to see God, its Giver. In this way, Luther’s theology of the devil did impact his thoughts about music.
Number of Pages: 220
Theologische Universiteit: Theologische Universiteit Apeldoorn
Trefwoorden (NL): Martin Luther (1483-1546) ; Muziek
Trefwoorden (EN): Martin Luther (1483-1546) ; Music
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2019 08:11
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2020 12:03

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