Saturday, September 03, 2005

Jazz Theology 101--Classical vs. Jazz

Classical music--Formal music performed as written, able to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one's ability to imitate the original. Jazz music--Dynamic music, unable to be reproduced. The skill of the musician is measured by one's ability to improvise. Carl Ellis writes, "Theology bears analogy with music in that it too can be approached as formal or dynamic." Classical theology is concerned with "propositions" while Jazz theology is concerned with what happens when those proposistions interact with pain, life and the moment...God in the moment...God moments: Theomoments.


Blogger olympiada said...

Interesting perspective. You are creative. What language is ubuntu?

1:50 PM  
Blogger voixdange said...

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1:54 PM  
Blogger voixdange said...

Okay -- now is this the one, or should we look for another...? LOL
I'm trying my best to link you Unbuntu/Theophilus/Onewhobelieves. Your post are excellent. I love things that deliver a great impact with a minimum of verbosity.

1:56 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...


My identity crisis has come to and end. No more changes on the horizon. thanks for the compliment.

tell me...what is the meaning of "angevoix?"

8:11 PM  
Blogger voixdange said...

Angel Voice. It is actually a nick name people at church have given me.

8:14 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...


Ubuntu comes from Zulu. It is based upon the following saying: "Umuntu ngumuntu nagabantu" Which means that people become people through other people. The Ubuntu ethic has become essential to the rebuilding of South Africa after Apartheid.

8:32 PM  
Blogger olympiada said...

Unbuntu, is Zulu a people or language? And where are these people located or this language used?

2:27 PM  
Blogger olympiada said...

One other thing unbuntu - I can refer you to my godfather's web page if you are interested. He brought me into the Ancient African Christian Faith.

2:29 PM  
Blogger jazztheo said...


I am familiar with the concept of ubuntu because of my study South African and the role that the philosophy is playing in that country. As to it's origens, I'm sure you can google it and find out more.

I've actually had to let go of the blog name because there was someone else using it and their blogs is based upon the concept as well, perhaps you could visit them at and find more information.

From now on I am Jazztheo.

sure I'd like to see your Godfather's site, please do pass that on.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Northern Born Southerner said...

Thank you for your kind words on my post for Dr. Wallace. He was a great man.

9:09 PM  
Blogger Seraph said...

A Quote I've posted that you just might like you jazzy bastard:

“You honor the altar in church, because the Body of Christ rests upon it; but those who are themselves the very Body of Christ you treat with contempt, and you remain indifferent when you see them perishing. This living altar you can see everywhere, lying in the street and market places, and at any hour you can offer sacrifice upon it.”

11:13 AM  
Blogger jazztheo said...

Oh Seraph, you know Jesus very well. What did he say, "Blessed are the jazzy bastards for they shall inherit the kingdom of God." Such a complement you pay me!

Chrysostom knows what sacrament truly is...may we offer oursleves upon the the alters of this world, holy and pleasing to HIM.

10:32 PM  

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