Music

Authored by: Mark Hulsether

The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture

Print publication date:  March  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415638661
eBook ISBN: 9781315724478
Adobe ISBN: 9781317531067

10.4324/9781315724478.ch7

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Abstract

There are so many kinds of popular music, varieties of religion, and ways to write about them! It is like drinking from a fire hose to explore them in the comprehensive way that seems expected in a chapter of this kind. The issue is not solely that, if we begin such an inquiry, the task seems daunting. More troubling is that—supposing that we succeed—it is not entirely clear what we would gain. The argument would have to be so diffuse, who would be interested? What would be the takeaway argument, other than that there are many ways to think about religion and music? Who would deny that? True, teachers may want students to reflect on the complexities, and some students may be interested in small doses. Still, we need to be careful.

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