The function of religious-music criticism
Regular reader CVH nails it:
You can’t have a blog about an industry, even an industry that is based on religious music and its related culture, unless you look at it from a critical point of view. The people here who immediately take a thread and hyperspiritualize it miss the point. We’re not in a masters level hermeneutics class. We’re a collection of fans, industry types, wannabes and oddballs who bring our collective biases, preferences and experiences into a common space. My hope is to learn things, have interesting dialogues and be amused by the conversation. But so often I’m amazed at the inability of so many to have constructive interaction. An argument or position isn’t discussed for its own merits - it’s debated and often trashed because those who can’t just discuss Ernie’s quasi-metrosexuality or The Perry’s lastest record or an informed critique of a concert have to resort to spiritualizing the conversation as a means of putting down the person making the original point.
Part of the reason the industy is languishing right now is because there’s been a lack of realness in many aspects of the business. And while SG will always be a niche within a niche, it needs to be critically examined and evaluated and discussed in order to be made better. The comments offered here are probably a fair representation of what the body of Christ is all about. And as one person who is somewhere on that contiuum of faith, I appreciate those who question, who debate, who struggle and who honestly express their thoughts (as our esteemed host did in his original post) much more than those who stridently insist that the doubters and questioners don’t “get it”.
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