Opinion: Pentecostal, Pearl Jam – music brings ecstasy to us all

June 27, 2014

Whatever the setting, music can lead us into a shared experience of ecstasy – a world which literally means “to stand outside oneself.”  This is a subject Sociology Lecturer, Dr Mark Jennings discusses in The Conversation.

Dr Jennings draws a correlation between two very difference musical spaces; a Pentecostal congregation and the West Coast Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival.  He said that within both of these spaces people engage in behavior that they would be unlikely to indulge in otherwise.

In both settings music is used to create a discrete space for ecstatic experience.  DJs, churches and bands use music to create atmosphere and to build euphoria.

Studying these experiences may help us to find ways to connect people and build bridges.

You can read his full piece here.

Dr Jennings research is primarily in the Sociology of Religion.  He has an interest in Pentecostal spirituality and the development of Pentecostalism as a phenomenon in the twenty-first century. His research explores the interaction between theology and sociology, particularly as it relates to popular culture and religion.

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