No Sympathy for the Devil by David W. Stowe
Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism

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In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. The chart-topping, spiritually inflected music created a space in popular culture for talk of Jesus, God, and Christianity, thus lessening for baby boomers and their children the stigma associated with religion while helping to fill churches and create new modes of worship. Stowe shows how evangelicals' increasing acceptance of Christian pop music ultimately has reinforced a variety of conservative cultural, economic, theological, and political messages.

About David W. Stowe

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David W. Stowe is professor of English and religious studies at Michigan State University.
Published April 25, 2011 by The University of North Carolina Press. 304 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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