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Post-R&T: What Other Resources Do You Recommend?

Posted in: General by Tom Beaudoin on December 23, 2013

Now that Rock and Theology is closing up shop in a week, this might be a good time to think about meeting your rock-and-theology needs in 2014 and beyond. What books, blogs, bands, or beyond would people recommend?

Remember there are also good books on popular music and religion/faith/spirituality by many of this blog’s contributors, including Christian Scharen, David Nantais, Daniel White Hodge, Maeve Louise Heaney, Ian Fowles, and Jeff Keuss — and I hope I’m not forgetting anyone. And there is the recently-published book Secular Music and Sacred Theology, which is a good introduction to a range of ways of making theological sense of pop music.

What other resources would you want people to know about?




  1. Sad to see this ending. Hope new (rock and theology) life springs forth from the death of this site.

    I’ll add these few to the list of resources.

    John McClure, Mashup Religion: Pop Music and Theological Invention
    Clive Marsh and Vaughan Roberts, Personal Jesus: How Popular Music Shapes Our Souls
    James Harris, Philosophy at 33 1/3 RPM: Themes of Classic Rock Music

    Comment by Matthew Tinken — December 24, 2013 @ 6:27 pm

  2. Matthew, thanks for your suggestions. I didn’t know about the Harris book and will take a look.
    Your mentions of these books remind me that there are many different ways that those who care about these things can continue their/our exploration. In the recent edited book that many of us put together, for example, I suggested that at least three “sites” in music are fertile ground for spiritual attention/inquiry: music communities, musical craft, and music “itself”. One could read theology with an eye toward those sites, or one could read music research with an eye toward matters of theological significance. There are still too few books that truly and creatively bring both together.

    Comment by T Beaudoin — December 25, 2013 @ 12:22 am

  3. Check out the music related articles at

    Comment by David — December 30, 2013 @ 2:26 pm

  4. See also:

    U2 Sermons


    eg. Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Presley, et al.

    Comment by David — December 30, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

  5. Thanks for sharing these Internet resources, David.
    Thanks, as well, to the U2 Sermons blog for the shout out regarding our shutting down:

    Comment by T Beaudoin — December 30, 2013 @ 4:13 pm

  6. Miss this blog! Thanks for the great work.
    I might add Steve Beard’s

    Comment by Dave Wainscott — November 20, 2015 @ 3:19 pm

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