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…can be good art and not what is normally called “Christian music”.
I love, love, love Sufjan Stevens. His rendition of “Come Thou Font of Every Blessing” is amazing, and “Casimir Pulaski Day” is one of the best songs about theodicy I’ve ever heard:
“All the glory when He took our place
But He took my shoulders and He shook my face,
And He takes, and He takes, and He takes.”
It’s brilliantly handled. The end is an affirmation that God does exist, and that Jesus did die for us, but it still contains the confusion and the sadness and the anger at God for the death of his friend. It’s raw, and real, and beautiful, and so much more genuine that what’s normally associated with Christian music.
“Christianity is the greatest of all nouns but the lamest of all adjectives.”
That’s fantastic. Why isn’t that on a T-shirt?
Oh man, I love his new album. It’s so beautiful!! 🙂 Christian music has come a long way since the 80’s. 16 Horsepower and Woven Hand (same guy in both bands) are a couple others to check out that I think are amazing.