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PDF of entire debate with Shai Linne

Several people have asked for a compiled version of the whole debate about Christian rap with Shai Linne. Here it is:

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Scott Aniol

About Scott Aniol

Scott Aniol is the founder and Executive Director of Religious Affections Ministries. He is on faculty at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses in worship, hymnology, aesthetics, culture, and philosophy. He has written two books, dozens of articles, and speaks around the country in churches and conferences. He is an elder in his church in Fort Worth, TX where he resides with his wife and two children.

5 Responses to PDF of entire debate with Shai Linne

  1. Thanks, Scott, both for the debate itself and for putting it out in this format.

  2. Scott Aniol Scott Aniol says:

    And thanks for your help many times along the way!

  3. Billy Allred says:

    Maybe I missed it, but I would love to see you post a blog covering your thoughts several weeks post debate. Specifically, I would be interested to hear you answer the following:

    What do you feel the debate accomplished in your own life, your ministry, wider Christendom?

    For me, I thought it was helpful to see you interact live with specific objections to your philosophy of music. It helped me understand both perspectives a little more clearly, although I’m not sure it changed my mind about anything. I still believe Rap is not an appropriate medium for communicating truth.

    I also wondered if you and Shai finished the debate on the same good terms you seemingly started with? I liked the format, but as time went on, I thought interest dwindled. What would you do differently if you were starting fresh?

    Thanks,
    Billy Allred

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  5. Phumelela says:

    I’m not entirely satisfied with the conclusion of this debate because I don’t feel we reached consensus where we easily could have as informative and insightful as it was. I did thoroughly enjoy it though.
    However if I may add my 2 cents
    I listen to quite a lot of Christian Hiphop specifically Shai Linne which is how I came to this debate and I don’t feel at all that I could worship God in church for example through his music. I would rather refer to hymns. Much less would I recite scripture like, “Judas hanged himself” during my expression of worship. However that’s not to say Christian rap is without its use. In fact Christian comes in very useful as a teaching mechanism and you can learn a lot from listening to the lyrics in a way that can’t be done in other forms. To discount Christian rap simply because you can’t strictly use it for fervent worship would mean we lose ground on a very powerful platform of teaching. Also it is not entirely true that hiphop started off as the completely sinful medium to convey sinful messages. In fact the earliest hiphop songs were very encouraging and it only evolved into its sinful nature with the rise of Gangsta rap. However to say, because of that we can’t use hiphop to teach people about the Lord would be like saying we can’t use the internet to proclaim the gospel because the internet is mostly used for pornography. The internet is a perfectly good platform form for anyone who wishes to spread the gospel despite pornography just as much as hiphop is a perfectly good platform to teach and proclaim the gospel despite most of the sinful songs in circulation. And finally, the bible does say In whatever you do or say, do it for and in thanks to the Lord. If people choose to spread God’s word through hiphop then we can’t deny they’re doing it for His glory and we can’t fault them on that. When you undress all types of music of their beats, melodies and instruments, all you’re left with are the words, the poetry found the music. And if that poetry contains truth, and nothing else but the truth of the sovereign Lord. Then what would suggest God isn’t pleased with that? 1 Peter talks about using whatever gift you have to serve(which would include teaching) others. None can deny that rhythm-and-poetry(rap) is in fact a gift and refusing to use it to serve others would be the greater sin. Much larger than perceived sin of using a tainted art form

    Thank you for this

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