2 thoughts on “Brian Draper, in Southampton, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity

  1. Are you a Muslim or Croat? I am a musician.
    Are you a Muslim or Croat. I am a human.
    What’s the difference Brian? Onward Christian soldiers.
    There are plenty of better worlds just out of reach if only people didn’t sign up to made up ones.

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  2. The term ‘spiritual’ was much in evidence today, which is always a bad sign.

    Brian rather shot himself in the foot with his final comment, as PaulT points out, but it was a dubious Thought all round. Music can stir deep emotions; ‘we’ prefer minor keys to major (not necessarily: there are plenty of non-European musical traditions with no concept of major/minor tonality); we do so because they make us think of people or places in the past; and we have similar emotions about things we wish were true. He didn’t quite add “Therefore they are”, but that was implied.

    And I bet the cellist playing Bach among the ruins of Ukraine was doing so not because of its piety (although Bach was a very religious man) but because of its humanity.

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