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Religious Music. - September 26th 2014, 11:51 PM

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I'm just wondering if I'm alone in this - anyone can answer, I'm curious.
So religion-wise I consider myself somewhere between Atheism and Agnosticism. However, I help out in my local church choir at Christmas, Easter, and special masses during the year, and I LOVE the music. I don't have any belief in religion, I'm not sure about God, but I really enjoy the hymns we do. I often find myself singing Amazing Grace or The Lord is My Shepherd (Howard Goodall of course) while doing housework or going for a walk. Christmas Hymns are my favourite. The Angel Gabriel is beautiful.
Does anyone else not have any religious tendency but still enjoy the music? Or maybe you identify with one religion but like the music associated with another.
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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 12:19 AM

Nope, you are most definitely the only person who feels this way and you are totally alone.

I haven't been Christian for a long time but I find myself (mostly accidentally) listening to a few Christian bands. I also sometimes find myself humming some of the songs we used to sing during Mass (the joys of thirteen years of Catholic schooling). I don't think there's anything wrong with it as long as you're not being disrespectful. Music is music, so if you enjoy it, good for you.


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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 02:41 AM

You're not alone! I'm kind of the same as you with religious beliefs, but there is jut something pretty sounding about the music in churches, and I like Christian artists.


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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 04:16 AM

Actually, I'm the exact opposite. xD
I guess I'm a Christian, but I don't really like Christian music. (I love Christmas hymns, but I'm talking about the religious music they play on the radio.)
This is probably because, up until I was twelve, the only thing we were allowed to listen to on the radio was the Christian station, so I've learned to resent it. Because, you know, #rebel
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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 09:24 AM

"Not exactly religious" might be a mild way to describe my beliefs. I'm a Humanist, but frankly I think the Church has a lot more to offer in the way of music (as one might expect, given its hundreds of years of history being the organisation with the funds to pay for compositions) and as a result I am still in the Choir I joined when I was a "Christian" (or at least, identified as one).
That means I get to sing services with hymns and anthems and lovely evensongs and some huge collective events; I'm also in another group and we're doing a performance some time in November which I'm looking forward to.

My point is this: I like it. A lot.
And heck, the people who do believe seem to enjoy my contribution, so I'm still increasing others' enjoyment, if not "pleasing God" or whatever.


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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 11:06 AM

Iím not really sure where I Ďbelongí in terms of religion. I believe in God, but I donít follow a religion, so would never call myself a Christian. That said, I do love Christmas hymns and some other hymns too! I donít really listen to any Christian music, but I do love Owl City, which is kind of Christian, does that count?
   
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Re: Religious Music. - September 27th 2014, 11:54 AM

I'm not really religious, but I don't know if this counts as your question. Like I like christian pop/r&b like Britt Nicole, Tobymac etc all that shit.


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Re: Religious Music. - September 28th 2014, 02:15 AM

I find some of the songs to be beautiful.

Take for example The First Noel. I love that song, I think its amazing. But, I don't believe in its message. So I am highly debating on whether or not this song will be played in our house in December. I feel I would be a hypocrite to be playing songs about a savoir I don't believe.

But then again, it's just a song. I sing Lady Marmalade in the car, doesn't mean I want to go out and be a prostitute.

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Re: Religious Music. - September 28th 2014, 11:29 AM

I'm glad I'm not alone! I was referring specifically to hymns, I've never listened to Christian music, but by all means include that too! I never thought of that.

Lizzie, I don't see why you shouldn't play it. It's a song about a story told all over the world. I might enjoy listening to Aphrodite by Kylie Minogue but it doesn't necessarily mean I believe in the Greek Goddess of Love. Perhaps a bad example but I hope you understand what I mean.


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Re: Religious Music. - September 29th 2014, 01:47 AM

I guess to me it might feel like betrayal to my faith. The winter solstice was commandeered for the christian christmas. While many of our traditions still flourish, like the evergreen tree, evergreen wreaths, mistletoe, gift giving, Santa, etc, still exist. Our faith itself has been pushed to the side as heathen. So for me to listen to music of the faith that oppressed paganism for so many years, it doesn't seem right. No matter how beautiful the song is. Hence my internal confliction.




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Re: Religious Music. - September 29th 2014, 12:52 PM

Well, it's up to you. But if I were in that position I would probably think to myself that yes, this religion pushed my faith out of everything, and that was wrong. But your faith still shines through in the ways you listed and really the only Christian thing about Christmas is the fact that a long time ago people decided it was Jesus' birthdate (even though since then we've found it was actually in March or something?) Christmas has developed into a culmination of different beliefs and traditions mixed with commercialism. I think it's kind of beautiful in a way that these beliefs co-exist together during this time so I'm happy to sing Christmas hymns, put up a tree, give gifts, and buy a wreath. It's one of the few times when different faiths do coexist effectively, even if most people don't even realise half of the things they do came from somewhere else.

That's just my take on it though. I love the music, especially at Christmas, so any excuse really.


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