Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God

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by Christian Scharen
     
 

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Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, offering a fresh, compelling theology of culture in

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Building on the success of One Step Closer: Why U2 Matters to Those Seeking God, Christian Scharen shows how to engage faith and culture through a wide range of popular music, including the blues, hip-hop, and rock. He examines artists such as Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Leonard Cohen, and Billie Holiday, offering a fresh, 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. Written engagingly yet with theological depth, this book will resonate with readers interested in the interface between pop culture, music, and theology, as well as with pastors and youth ministers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441234438
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
File size:
2 MB

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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.
Christian Scharen (PhD, Emory University) is vice president of applied research at Auburn Theological Seminary in New York City. He previously taught at Luther Seminary. He has authored a number of books, including One Step Closer and Faith as a Way of Life, and is the book review editor of Ecclesial Practices. An ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Scharen has served congregations in California, Georgia, and Connecticut.

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Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
afpiano More than 1 year ago
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!