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Intimacy & Transcendence in the Thick of Life: Exploring Process Theology through Popular Music
Jay McDaniel, professor
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday

This course explores relations between popular music and process theology, drawing upon resources from NPR music as a primary source for understanding what is going on “musically” in the worlds of popular music. By listening to the music profiled by NPR, reading selected articles on popular music and theology and short essays from Open Horizons, we will explore ways in which various genres of popular music, and various artists, communicate key ideas in process theology and can serve to “introduce process theology” to a new generation. Please bring your musical tastes, and get ready to have your ears stretched.

Jay McDaniel, professor of religion at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy of Religion and Theology at Claremont Graduate University. Trained in the philosophy of religion and theology, his specialty is Process or Whiteheadian thought. His interests, teaching experience, and writing include exploring world religions, spirituality, ecology/nature, peace, and mutual transformation. Some of his book titles include: What is Process Thought? Seven Answers to Seven Questions (P&F Press, 2008); Gandhi’s Hope: Learning From World Religions as a Way to Peace (Orbis Press, 2005);  and Living from the Center: Spirituality in the Age of Consumerism (Chalice Press, 2000). McDaniel is also a creative force behind, and a frequent contributor to, Open Horizons.