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Posted in: by admin on January 27, 2012

Rock-a My Soul

    Rock-a My Soul

    An Invitation to Rock Your Religion

 David Nantais

 Available from Liturgical Press
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Rock music and organized religion have suffered a tense relationship for over sixty years. Rockers accuse religious people of being too rigid and irrelevant. People of faith have labeled rock “the devil’s music” and say that nothing good can come of it. But what if both of these groups are wrong? What if rock music can actually aid one’s religious faith and spiritual life?

Few styles of music engage the human body as much as rock and roll. From toe tapping to air guitar, listening to rock music, like religious ritual, requires attention to the present moment and can help the listener (or believer) reclaim a sense of identity as a creature of God. In addition, several social causes include both rockers and religious advocates. During some of the most tumultuous times the world has experienced, both groups have given succor and hope to millions. No matter what side of the religion/rock debate you are on, perhaps it is time to bury the hatchet (or pick up your axe!) and start rocking your religion!

David Nantais is the director of campus ministry at the University of Detroit Mercy. He lives in Detroit, Michigan, with his wife Carrie and son Liam. Dave has played drums in several rock bands for over twenty years and has attended over 150 rock shows since 1986.

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  1. Can’t believe we haven’t found this webpage before but so excited that we finally did. We have a new reading list for sure. This is awesome!

    Comment by Nancy Monfredo — February 9, 2013 @ 7:04 pm

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