Joe Carter conducts a fascinating comparison of how country music talks about God, marriage, children, as opposed to the absence of such topics in pop, hip-hop, R&B, and even adult contemporary. The post defies excerpt, so read it here Finding God in the Gaps of Country Music | First Things.
Why do you think that is? It can’t be just the age of the listeners, since lots of young people listen to country music, and young people can be religious. African Americans tend to be more religious, we are told, than other demographics, yet that might not be evident in their music. Is it a class thing? If so, why should poorer people lower on the socio-economic totem pole be more openly religious than the upper crust?