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6 Responses to “The form of rap is no less godly than the form in most of our hymns”?

  1. Well, for sake of discussion, is there a scale? When Stetzer says "our" hymns, his criteria for a hymn is much less conservative, I would assume, than the position advocated by RA. Is the form of say, "Shine, Jesus, Shine" or "O That Will Be Glory" _better_ than rap?

  2. Stetzer's clear point there is that music is simply a blank canvas upon which anything can be written.

  3. Sure- but the line you singled out is telling that you differ with his clear point. I am asking if, as you differ with the "blank canvas (which you obviously do), if you consider rap to be inherently worse than other objectionable forms.

  4. Well sure. Just like there are gradations of sin, there are gradations of expressions of sin and the intensity and clarity with which that sin is expressed.

    Further, there is a difference between expressions that are always wrong for Christians and those that are not evil but are nevertheless inappropriate for worship.

    Thus, expressions of unbridled rage and sexuality would be "worse" than triviality, for example.

  5. Thanks for the response.

    So is rap, as a form, inherently "unbridled rage and sexuality"? Can one allow for the possibility that some expressions can be merely "trivial" (say, for example, employing an expression of the form in a humorous video, or to promote a product in a commercial)? Or is anything included in the broad category of rap inherently connected with this kind of aggression?

  6. An generalization has exceptions, of course. But the characteristics that form hip-hop music in most cases express ideas inappropriate for Christians. See this series for my detailed analysis of the music, along with the analysis of a professor at Penn State.

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