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By Michael J. Gilmour

-One of only a few books on faith and renowned music
-Covers quite a lot of musical types, from heavy steel and rap to kingdom, jazz and Broadway musicals
-The essays are written by way of teachers and knowledgeable via their enthusiasm for the music


Many books have explored the connection among faith and movie, yet few have not begun tested the importance of faith to well known track. name Me The Seeker steps into that hole.

Michael Gilmour's introductory essay provides a state-of-the-discipline evaluate of study within the quarter. He argues that well known songs usually draw from and "interpret" issues present in the conceptual and linguistic worlds of the key religions and exhibit underlying attitudes in those that compose and devour them. He says those "texts" deserve extra severe examine. The essays within the ebook begin an on-going dialog during this sector, bringing quite a few methodologies to undergo on chosen artists and issues.

Musical types lined diversity from heavy steel and rap to state, jazz, and Broadway musicals.

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34 listening to religion in popular music 35 Throughout its career U2's message has had a political edge. 2 Political oppression is part of the "darkness" (as in lyrics to "Walk On") that brings despair to the innocent. However, we are reminded that relief comes in two forms. Activism is encouraged in the liner notes to All That You Can't Leave Behind (specific human-rights groups are named). 4 He has captured the tension between faith and doubt experienced by all who have uttered prayer for deliverance from desperate situations (cf.

Stated plainly, "Jesus Christ" focuses on the past, whereas "Christ for President" looks to the present and the future. In "Jesus Christ" the story of Jesus is told as a past event, although Guthrie placed characters from his world into the song. The present implications of Jesus' preaching emerge 22 call me the seeker when Guthrie pondered what would happen if Christ was to preach in New York City in 1940 like he did in first-century Palestine. The focus of "Christ for President," on the other hand, is completely on the present and the future (Guthrie's present and his foreseeable future).

Ibid, 6. Dying becomes a significant development in the myth of the hero as seen in the examples of Christ, John Lennon, Joe Hill, and Woody Guthrie. 54. Ibid, 6. 55. Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan (Columbia Records, 1962). 56. Robert Shelton, No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan (New York Penguin, 1986), 74-75. 57. Steve Earle, El Corazon (Warner Bros, 1997). I would like to thank Daniel Smith, a friend and former Tyndale colleague, for bringing this song to my attention. 58. Hampton, Guerrilla Minstrels, 6.

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