Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

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Brokenness, Redemption, and Popular Music

Broken Hallelujahs offers a fresh perspective on engaging faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. Christian Scharen reveals the limits of approaches to culture that draw strict boundaries between saint and sinner, church and world—approaches that can miss the creative ways God is active and at work in the world. He calls us to trust God's ...

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Overview

Brokenness, Redemption, and Popular Music

Broken Hallelujahs offers a fresh perspective on engaging faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. Christian Scharen reveals the limits of approaches to culture that draw strict boundaries between saint and sinner, church and world—approaches that can miss the creative ways God is active and at work in the world. He calls us to trust God's redeeming presence in the midst of a broken creation. Through his examination of artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, Scharen offers a compelling theology of culture in conversation with C. S. Lewis that can look suffering and brokenness in the face because it knows of a love deeper than hate, a hope stronger than despair.

"The realm of popular music, like much in pop culture, is often written off as bleak and godless. Scharen pleads that this is the result of a 'constricted imagination,' and rightly so. This very readable book will provoke discussions that are much needed in the church and beyond."
Jeremy Begbie, Duke University

"Christian Scharen's theological meditation on popular music shows why Christians and popular artists have serious spiritual concerns in common. He argues that pop musicians are already literate about the creative character of surrender in their lives and work, and that Christian theology too finds its center in graceful surrender to God with and for others. Fans of music and students of spirituality will and should be drawn in by the work of this discerning, inquisitive theological thinker and unapologetic—but not uncritical—music fan."
Tom Beaudoin, Fordham University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587432507
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 567,583
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is assistant professor of worship and theology and codirector of the Learning Pastoral Imagination Project at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer and Faith as a Way of Life.

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Table of Contents

Part 1: God in Popular Culture
1. The Seduction of Certainty
2. The Holy and the Broken Hallelujah
3. Why God Loves the Blues
4. Cries
Part 2: Popular Culture in God
5. Grace and Karma
6. Surrender to the Music
7. Practicing Surrender
Indexes

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    This work is an exceptional theological argument for engaging &q

    This work is an exceptional theological argument for engaging "with" instead of "at" popular culture! The anti-dualistic viewpoint is based on the premise that God created the whole earth and we constrict imagination when we checklist segments of society as "Christian" and "non-Christian". Scharen carefully navigates through a well-informed series of examples including C. S. Lewis, U2, Leonard Cohen, Kayne West, Billie Holiday, Arcade Fire, Harry Potter and many others. Chapter 4, "Cries" was one of the most challenging and life-changing pieces I have read in a very long time.

    I HIGHLY recommend this selection!

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