Sounding salvation: Theological perspectives on music as articulation of life

Johan Cilliers
2014 The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa  
This paper proposes some theological perspectives on the phenomenon of sound (i.e. music), linking it to the gospel of salvation (i.e. well-being). Possible links between sound and music; sound and life; sound and silence; and sound and salvation are indicated. Some differences between the Western and African understandings of sound, music and life are highlighted; followed by suggestions concerning the connections between salvation, well-being, and the healing of life. A theological
more » ... ng of music as an expression of transcendence and anticipation is given, profiling it as a distinct form of hope. The paper concludes by comparing two iconic paintings that depict sound: The Scream by Edvard Munch and The Tortured Christ by Guido Rocha.
doi:10.4102/td.v10i2.97 fatcat:5q4dfi5l4rbgtgaoss7rmbthu4