I don't really know how to phrase this question,
but I was just wondering,
Are there any Atheist that like to listen to musicians like Matisyahu?
You know, artists with Religious lyrics?
I really LOVE Matisyahu.
I know he raps and sings about God and stuff.
but his words are meaningful.
And even though they are inspired by a God that I don't believe exists.
I still feel the sincerity in his words.
And that is why I like listening to him.
There's also a song called "Burn Out Brighter" by the band Anberlin,
whose band members are Christians and the song to me has a strong Christian message.
but i still enjoy it.
and a Christian song by the Christian band The David Crowder Band called Make A Joyful Noise.
I heard it when I was in High School, before I became an Atheist, and I still love it to this day.
So is there anybody else that likes to listen to music like this?
Not strictly Christian music, but music that is influenced by Religion, like Matisyahu?
I was just curious because I could just imagine some Christians going "You listen to Matisyahu (or any other religious musician)? But aren't you an Atheist?"
I just think it shows an open-mindedness for someone that is an Atheist to enjoy that type of music.
I mean, I don't think that I would listen to straight Christian songs that actually say GOD IS AWESOME and I LOVE JESUS.
And that is why I love Matisyahu.
I wrote about something similar to this. My favorite composer was a devout Lutheran: JS Bach. Everything he wrote was a tribute to his god. I respect his music just the same, and hold a lot of it close to my heart. Music isn't meant to be talked about. It's meant to be felt, and if "religious" music clicks with you, that's totally fine. One of my favorite pieces is actually a Requiem, meant to be played at a religious funeral.
So enjoy whatever you want, and don't worry about the meaning it might hold to others. Concentrate on the meaning it has to you. :)