Roger Olson* is hopeful that Mormons’s effort (now in the news) at re-branding is a sign that the cult will turn “orthodox.” Of particular interest in his remarks on the change within Mormonism is his observations on the music Mormons are listening to:
Just out of curiosity, during my visit to BYU in 2017, I went around the student life center talking to male students. One question I asked two different groups of them was if they listened to “contemporary Christian music.” They looked at me a bit quizzically so I mentioned some names of song writers and recording artists: Chris Tomlin, Matt Redman, David Crowder. Their answer in unison: “Absolutely! They sell their CDs in our campus store!” I followed up with “Do you listen to K-LOVE radio? “Yup, we sure do.” I was a bit surprised, but that fits the trend I have been noticing—that may not have filtered down to the average grassroots LDS/Mormon ward (local congregation) yet.
But does this show as much a trend toward “orthodoxy”? Or does it simply illustrate the theological vapidity of “evangelical” popular music? Or, perhaps, Olson is right, and we have here a clear illustration of the power of popular music to undermine biblical distinctives and convictions (be they heretical or orthodox).
*By linking to his blog, we do not endorse Olson’s views.