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 don't mind religious lyrics in many cases. Religion is a part of many cultures and many people's roots, so it seems reasonable.
Samuel Beam (Iron & Wine) said the following in an interview (link):
I'm not a religious person, but definitely, I grew up religious and grew up in a very religious place. The way that it translates now into the songs is more of my interest in the way the country is and the people I've met and the places that I've been. I think it's a pretty important issue, a pretty important part of our culture; it's hard for me to write about kinds of people or kinds of places without dealing with it, but I'm not a religious person.
He's not an atheist either, but that doesn't really matter to me one way or the other. The point is just that his music speaks to personal experience and observation. Religion happens to be a part of that in some way, shape and form. I think that's true of many artists. They aren't proselytizing; they are just communicating an idea or an experience. For instance, many artists make reference to God largely as a source of positivity in their lives. Even if I don't believe in their God, that doesn't mean I doubt the positivity they experience. A number of the hip hop artists I like refer to God, or Heaven in just such a way. I know, in most cases, it's not metaphorical, but when I try to relate to the lyrics, I take the terms symbolically. I may not always share the sentiments of the artist, but I do try to relate to the underlying message.
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. :)