Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Slate asks: "Does Christian Pop Culture Have To Be So Wretched?"

Interesting article in the online magazine Slate by Hanna Rosin entitled, "Pop Goes Christianity: The deep contradictions of Christian popular culture":

The entertainers in Radosh's book complain about watchdog groups that count the number of times a song mentions Jesus or about the lockstep political agenda a Christian audience expects. They complain about promoting an "adolescent theology" of Christian rock, as one calls it, where they "just can't get over how darned cool it was that Jesus sacrificed himself." In his interview with Radosh, Powell pulled out an imitation of a 1982 New Wave pop song with the lyrics; "You'll have to excuse us/ We're in love with Jesus." This, he explained, was the equivalent of a black-velvet painting of Elvis. Only it's more offensive, because it's asking the listener to base his whole life around an insipid message and terrible quality music.

For faith, the results can be dangerous. A young Christian can get the idea that her religion is a tinny, desperate thing that can't compete with the secular culture. A Christian friend who'd grown up totally sheltered once wrote to me that the first time he heard a Top 40 station he was horrified, and not because of the racy lyrics: "Suddenly, my lifelong suspicions became crystal clear," he wrote. "Christian subculture was nothing but a commercialized rip-off of the mainstream, done with wretched quality and an apocryphal insistence on the sanitization of reality."

It's an extended review/discussion of a book by Daniel Radosh called, Rapture Ready!Adventures in the Parallel Universe of Christian Pop Culture.

1 comment:

Eric said...

And we wonder why our children leave the faith when they leave home. I count myself lucky (or "blessed") to somehow have not turned away from God. God has been kind enough to put a lot of real and deep Christians in my life.