“It has been the normative practice for many Christians when discussing popular music to fall into the false dichotomy between sacred and secular. This has resulted in creating a sub-genre of Christian popular music that has been written off by most of society as overly sentimental and at its worst, plain kitsch. The creation of this sub-genre has sadly led to many people ignoring what is a very rich tradition of musicians and songwriters who respectfully examine the biblical narrative but do not neatly fit into the label of “Christian musician”. This approach can be seen in the writings of musicians such as Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Nick Cave, Marvin Gaye and more recently Sufjan Stevens.” – Nate Risdon

Transpositions blog has a wonderful post written by Nate Risdon: Popular Music and Theology: Strange Bedfellows?  You can check it out here: http://www.transpositions.co.uk/2011/06/popular-song-and-the-biblical-narrative/

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