Christian Rock Thursdays: Michael Sweet says abstinence is cool

I grew up as an ardent Christian rock fan. Now I am an atheist. "Christian Rock Thursdays" is a series where I talk about another song from the old days.In 1994, Michael Sweet submitted a video to MTV and they didn't play it.Of course, about a gajillion other bands did the same thing, but Michael Sweet was a Christian and his song was about preserving your virginity, so clearly this was an anti-Christian conspiracy.Oddly, MTV hadn't minded Sweet's message when he was the lead … [Read more...]

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Christian Rock Thursdays: The Christian AC/DC

In 1994, there was a buzz about a new release on the Christian record label Benson Records. By "there was a buzz" I mean of course "the Christian music magazines were talking about it", which is perhaps not quite the same thing. Anyway, Nouveaux seemed to be Benson's flagship rock band for the year, and all the reviews said the same thing: they were the Christian Def Leppard.Never mind that by 1994, MTV refused to play videos even by the real Def Leppard, let alone a Christian imitation. He … [Read more...]

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Christian Rock Thursdays: Legend Seven vs slutty girls

Legend Seven were never one of the biggest Christian bands (although Wikipedia tells me today's song was reached #2 on the Christian charts in 1992), and they weren't one of my favourites either. For some reason, though I got this song stuck in my head the other day, and gave me the idea for this blog series. So here we are."Angela" is off the band's first album, when they were just called Legend. They later changed names to Legend Seven, presumably because there was already a more famous s … [Read more...]

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Christian Rock Thursdays: Abortion is Murder

I learned that abortion was wrong before I learned what abortion was. I later learned that abortion was murdering an unborn child. I learned both of these things from Christian rock songs.A typical example was "Who Will" by DeGarmo & Key, from their 1989 album "The Pledge", which I found for £1 in a Christian bookshop bargain bin in about 1992. I was seven at the time. I never actually liked "Who Will" very much, but I heard it a fair bit because my dad played the whole album in the car. … [Read more...]

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Christian Rock Thursdays: Whitecross mock the condemned

For a while, Whitecross were my favourite band. I was a bit late to the scene (they were at their peak when I was still learning how to use a toilet), but they had actually been a lot of Christian kids' favourite hair metal band. Their lead vocalist, Scott Wenzel, sounded almost exactly like Stephen Pearcy from Ratt. In 1987, this was a major selling point. Ratt were a platinum-selling band, but conservative Christian parents wouldn't let their kids listen to them. Solution: … [Read more...]

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Christian Rock Thursdays: Carman radicalises me

This is the first installment of my series on Christian rock. Read the introduction here.Carman was where it all began for me. Before my family discovered Carman, Christian music was tedious, church was boring, and there's an excellent chance I would have looked for entertainment in secular culture. After Carman, being a Christian seemed exciting, like something I wanted to do for myself rather than just something I did because it was my duty as a member of my family.Compared Michael J … [Read more...]

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Weird parts of my Christian Rock childhood

Welcome to the first installment of a new series. When I named this blog "Leaving Fundamentalism" I really meant it to be a diverse examination of all the unusual parts of my bizarre Christian upbringing. In the end, mostly because of my PhD studies, the blog has been swarmed by posts critiquing ACE. Here's a bit of light relief: Once a week I'll show you a Christian rock song from my childhood and talk about how it affected me.People might be misled by this into thinking that ACE and … [Read more...]

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I am officially heartbroken

This is a guest post by Kevin Long.I am officially heartbroken. I was walking around the neighborhood with my special needs kid. Trying to come up with a way to spend more quality time together, I said, "Let's do a song on Garage Band or something." The kid went tense.Me: "What's wrong?"Kid: [Sullen] "I don't know."Me: "Rephrasing: you went tense when I said 'lets do a song.' What made you tense about that?"Kid: "I'm afraid to be creative, ok?"Me: "Why? You're so … [Read more...]

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Creationism rocks!

I'm a guest poster today at Laughing in Purgatory. I'm writing about how Christian rock was used to sell Creationism. And I got so carried away that I forgot to include the most obvious example of all, "Evolution Redefined" by Geoff Moore & the Distance. So, exclusively for you:http://youtu.be/UDPFfHOGdyMAll the classic Creationist tropes are there. The biology teacher is short, ugly, intolerant, and has a nasal voice, while the Christian girl is blonde, wholesome, and attractive. … [Read more...]

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Christians rock too!

There's a simple reason why Christian rock music is never going to be convincing: rock n' roll is about rebellion, and evangelical Christianity is about obedience.The initial fundamentalist response to rock music was to ban it entirely. In fact, that's still the diehard fundamentalist position. One of the main differences between evangelicals and fundamentalists is that evangelicals allow Christian rock music, whereas fundamentalists say the whole style is inherently ungodly. After a … [Read more...]

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