The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

17 February 2004

Gonna go to the place that's the best

Fr. Jim Tucker of Dappled Things is compiling a list of — well, let him tell you:

I'd like to compile a list of songs from groups that are not chiefly religious bands (no Gospel bands and Christian rock, in other words) but that cite the Bible, Catholic liturgy, or other explicitly Judaeo-Christian sources. This should be more than simple references to God and religion.

I want to put this together with artist's name, name of the song, the lyrics in question, and a short reference to the religious source (so people will know what exactly the source is). I'm interested in seeing the allusions and references as indications of the impact of religion on popular culture, so for this purpose it doesn't really matter whether the references are entirely flattering or not.

He starts with a few dozen; by the time you read this, there may well be a few dozen more.

What's most interesting here, I think, is that certain of our cultural mavens are persuaded that this particular brand of spirituality is obsolete, that no one pays attention to it anymore — and yet there is no shortage of evidence to the contrary.

If Blogspot is doing its usual "I Can't Find That" shtick, the list begins at 3 February, 10:43 am.

Posted at 7:37 AM to Tongue and Groove