Apostles of Rock: The Splintered World of Contemporary by Jay R. Howard

By Jay R. Howard

Apostles of Rock is the 1st aim, complete exam of the modern Christian tune phenomenon. a few see CCM performers as ministers or musical missionaries, whereas others outline them as entertainers or artists. This well known musical stream basically inspires various responses about the courting among Christ and tradition. The ensuing tensions have splintered the style and given upward push to false impression, clash, and an obsessive concentrate on self-examination. As Christian stars Amy supply, Michael W. Smith, DC speak, and Sixpence None the Richer climb the mainstream charts, Jay Howard and John Streck discuss CCM as a big circulation and express how this musical style pertains to a bigger pop culture. They map the area of CCM through bringing jointly the views of the folk who practice, learn, marketplace, and hear this track. by means of reading CCM lyrics, interviews, performances, sites, and chat rooms, Howard and Streck discover the spiritual and aesthetic tensions in the CCM group. eventually, the clash situated round Christian tune displays the fashionable non secular community's figuring out of evangelicalism and the community's complicated dating with American pop culture.

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Each of the three mediating positions attempts to maintain the distinction between Christ and culture that is easily lost in the "Christ of culture" perspective, while avoiding the seemingly complete withdrawal Origins and Oppositions 43 from culture of the "Christ against culture" perspective. The "Christ above culture" approach, which Niebuhr also refers to as a "synthesis," recognizes the separateness of the two realms but argues that the Christian must struggle to maintain a distinctiveness that is expressed in daily life in the world.

And while Kamin suggests that by 1958 the general controversy surrounding rock music diminished to the point that the music was viewed as a "harmless, if irritating, fixture of the teen scene," opposition in the religious community didn't peak until the late 1960s and early 1970s when the rock musicians' experiments with both Eastern religions and drugs created a tempest that still rages in certain right-wing religious circles. 30 Indeed, religious opposition to rock and roll may have peaked in the 1970s, but it has yet to die away completely.

Each of the three mediating positions attempts to maintain the distinction between Christ and culture that is easily lost in the "Christ of culture" perspective, while avoiding the seemingly complete withdrawal Origins and Oppositions 43 from culture of the "Christ against culture" perspective. The "Christ above culture" approach, which Niebuhr also refers to as a "synthesis," recognizes the separateness of the two realms but argues that the Christian must struggle to maintain a distinctiveness that is expressed in daily life in the world.

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