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Billy Corgan: End Rock ‘n’ Roll’s Crisis Theology

Finally, a trend this Jew can believe in.

Susan L.M. Goldberg


September 13, 2013 - 1:00 pm
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Earlier this summer, Paula Bolyard asked the question: “What great things will God do with our generation if we admit our inability to fix this on our own?” She cited actor Rainn Wilson’s remarks on “The Next Big Thing”:

I think there’s another revolution coming. I’m not sure what it’s going to look like but I think it’s going to be very interesting and it’s going to unfold over the next ten years. And I think it needs to be a spiritual revolution because I think that our systems are broken. I don’t think our political system will ever work. No matter how great a man, if you cloned JFK and Abraham Lincoln and made them president it wouldn’t matter. Our system is just too corrupt and too broken.

Corgan’s remarks are revolutionary not because he noted the boring nature of Christian rock, but because he detailed the transition an individual and a nation must make in order to grow and improve. Talking about God isn’t talking about religion, or what certain people of a particular religion think about God — talking about God is talking about yourself and your nation in relation to the Almighty.

And, lest we be considered rude, talking about God should also involve talking to God: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land,” the verse goes. Considering that the champion of our faith spoke to God face to face “as one speaks to a friend,” I’m pretty sure He’ll reply. We already have an entire book of His answers to give us a running start.

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Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film. Preferred bar mates include Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg.

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I keep a playlist I call the Accidental Hymnal: Songs that sound religious to me. Included:
Simple Minds, "Glittering Prize"
Peter Gabriel, "Solsbury Hill"
Echo & the Bunnymen, "Crystal Days" and "Silver"
David Bowie, "Soul Love" and "Look Back in Anger"
The The, "This Is the Day"
And I could go on all night. (I assume you can now guess my age very accurately.)
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"And the three men I admire most
The father, son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died"
Don McLean 1971

"If you're drowning out in the waters and you can't stay afloat
Ask Hashem for mercy and he'll throw you a rope
You're looking for help from God, you say he couldn't be found
Searching up in the sky and looking beneath the ground"
Matisyahu 2004

I don't know, religion still works in music.

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Beautifully said! And thanks for the shout out... :-)
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