Classical music, etc: things to think about

The other day Dennis Prager advanced the idea that the music of Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, and so forth were in themselves, through their existence and their creative and complex beauty, compelling arguments for God’s existence. We don’t know what you do with that re Judaism, Christianity, and all the rest of the world, but Prager’s comments seem plausible. How could the beauty of such creation be totally without meaning? Pick your favorite, Beethoven’s 9th, Brandenburg 5, Mozart’s EKN, etc. Hey, what about the lower orders, Flute Thing, Bill Evans (which song we discussed with him), or maybe the fantastic Keith Jarrett Köln concert (minute 7 ff.). We’re not sure to make of all this, but such calculated beautiful things seem to us the opposite of atheism.

One Response to “Classical music, etc: things to think about”

  1. Neil Says:

    I find a lot to like in the works of C. S. Lewis. One of the concepts he brings up repeatedly is that art awes us with its beauty when it captures, in some way, a small glimpse of heaven. And that heaven is a state of existing with God’s reality at every moment–a more “real” existence than the pale imitation we have in this life. Here, if we’re lucky, we get glimpses of that reality; the first time you saw Monet’s water lilies, the first time you heard Beethoven’s 9th or the opening riff of “Johnny B. Goode”, the first time you really saw the Milky Way in its full glory.

    To quote Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional consulting detective:
    “’There is nothing in which deduction is so necessary as in religion,’ said he, leaning with his back against the shutters. ‘It can be built up as an exact science by the reasoner. Our highest assurance of the goodness of Providence seems to me to rest in the flowers. All other things, our powers, our desires, our food, are all really necessary for our existence in the first instance. But this rose is an extra. Its smell and its colour are an embellishment of life, not a condition of it. It is only goodness which gives extras, and so I say again that we have much to hope from the flowers.'”

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