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Should Christians be learning from metalheads?

by Brad A. Greenberg

September 20, 2010 | 7:44 pm

The U.S. had its heavy metal mercenary in Iraq, and Muslims have their metalheads in Egypt. What could Christians learn about life from the metal kings?

A lot, according to an English cleric (not clear which kind the Rev. Rachel Mann is, but she sounds Anglican). From the Times of London:

The priest admits that many will be “concerned” about metal lyrics praising Satan and mocking Christianity, but insists it is just a form of “play-acting”.

Miss Mann, priest-in-charge of St Nicholas’s, Burnage, writes in this week’s Church Times: “Since Black Sabbath effectively created it in 1969 by using the dissonant sound of the medieval ‘Devil’s chord’, heavy metal has been cast as dumb, crass, and on, occasions satanic; music hardly fit for intelligent debate, led alone theological reflection.

“And yet, as both priest and metal musician and fan, it strikes me that the Church, especially at this agonized time, has a serious gospel lesson to learn from this darkest and heaviest music.” ...

“Metal’s refusal to repress the bleak and violent truths of human nature liberates its fans to be more relaxed and fun people”.

Meh. It’s the same old story, same old song and dance. My friend.

Don’t get me wrong. There is a bit of metal sprinkled throughout my iTunes. Black Sabbath. Metallica. Motorhead. Slayer. Even Tenacious D, which mocks metal-is-satanic belief in the above clip, which is very explicit, rather catchy and ever clever. But there are no lessons to be learned from this music. On a good day, it’s a jam, and that’s it.

I mean, it’s not Deliverance.

In fact, it’s not that different from the type of Christianity that Brett McCracken has been busy writing about. Just another adaptation of a common theme.

(Hat tip: Dennis)

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