Guest Posted by tim, The Godless Heathen
Yesterday Rick posted a beautiful video that I subsequently commented in part - “There’s plenty of mainstream rock, in particular, that mentions religious themes that probably go right over most listeners head. Including us atheists.”
Lo and behold comes this today via The Blaze -
Few would deny that rock and roller Bruce Springsteen is a national icon. Fans often associate his music with American pastimes, youthful romance — and the rebellious soul. But some scholars are convinced that there’s something deeper to be learned from Springsteen’s four decades of musical success.
Rutgers University recently announced that it will offer a new course exploring the career and theology of The Boss. The seminar, titled “Rock and Roll Theology,” will explore Springsteen’s entire anthology of lyrics from “Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.” (1973) to his most recent album “Wrecking Ball” (2012).
Rutgers Today, the school’s official news outlet, said the one-credit freshman seminar will be taught by associate professor of Jewish studies and classics, Dr. Azzan Yadin-Israel.
In an interview with Rutgers Today, the professor of theology described the songs and ideas that inspired this unique course. “In some songs, Springsteen engages biblical motifs explicitly, as the titles indicate. For example, ‘Adam Raised a Cain,’ ‘Jesus was an Only Son,’ ‘In the Belly of the Whale’ (referring to Jonah). But concepts with biblical resonance appear throughout his works (the Promised Land, redemption, faith), and it’s just a matter of taking the theological overtones seriously,” Yadin-Israel said.
The rest here.
Now, since I’m not a fan of Springsteen, to put it mildly, I thought I'd post a video of a band that got their start as “Christian Rock” group.
Hope you enjoy, and as always, you good folks here at BH, have a wonderful weekend.