Reverend Says Christians Can Learn From Heavy Metal Music
In a recent report by Martin Beckford of the British newspaper, The Telegraph, an English Reverend stated that heavy metal has many important values that Christians could learn from. The report reads as follows:
Christians could learn a lot about life from listening to heavy metal, according to a Church of England cleric.
The Rev Rachel Mann claims that the much-maligned form of music demonstrates the "liberative theology of darkness," allowing its tattooed and pierced fans to be more “relaxed and fun” by acknowledging the worst in human nature.
She says that by contrast, churchgoers can appear too sincere and take themselves too seriously.
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."
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