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Hearing the Music of the Festschrift: A “Listening Guide”

Wise, Heather

In music, a listening guide points the listener toward the sounds that may be heard in a composition. In this introduction to the festschrift honoring Christopher Morse, I offer a "listening guide" to hearing the music of his theology as it resonates in theme and variation throughout this volume. Well-known to Union as a theological virtuoso who plays a doctrinal Stradivarius, Morse invites all people to rehear the Gospel as news, and has, himself, served as a guide to listening to hear its resonances. His reimagining of dogmatics as a radically critical discipline worthy of academic study, the “antidote to dogmatism” for church and society, and his pastoral presence as a teacher and mentor who deeply respects the God-given integrity of each person, mark the central themes of the music in this written celebration of his towering contribution to theology.

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September 16, 2015