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Beyond the Book

304 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 12 halftones, notes, bibl., index

No Sympathy for the Devil

Christian Pop Music and the Transformation of American Evangelicalism


In this cultural history of evangelical Christianity and popular music, David Stowe demonstrates how mainstream rock of the 1960s and 1970s has influenced conservative evangelical Christianity through the development of Christian pop music. The chart-topping, spiritually inflected music created a space in popular culture for talk of Jesus, God, and Christianity, thus lessening for baby boomers and their children the stigma associated with religion while helping to fill churches and create new modes of worship. Stowe shows how evangelicals' increasing acceptance of Christian pop music ultimately has reinforced a variety of conservative cultural, economic, theological, and political messages.

About the Author

David W. Stowe is professor of English and religious studies at Michigan State University.


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