“We have already talked about music having meaning. It makes sense to us. Otherwise we would not put up with it or bother to buy it. But it does not mean things in the way that a statement like “There is a brown oak door over there” means something.” -Jeremy Begbie, Resounding Truth
This is completely true. And yet music has meaning, just like the brown oak door has meaning, because all in creation that has not been broken by the fall reveals something of God’s wisdom and glorious nature. In this sense, the Christian cannot really agree with the atheist about what the words “brown oak door” mean. The same object is spoken of, but its meaning, or whether it has any meaning at all, is disputed.