I was just listening to some Billy Joel, as I do often, and I wondered if my favorite (for 10 years, now) artist was a Christian. I went to wikipedia tonight and I just found out he's an atheist! Is it wrong or sinful to like or listen to his music (at least now that I know he is an atheist)? :confused:
I was crushed when I found out Billy Joel doesn't believe in God, and most of his songs don't mention anything related to religion but I never really paid attention to the parts that do or took them seriously (and those rare times when religion does come up it's really just Joel saying a little sorta vague thing about what he thinks, or thought when he wrote the song, and I don't think anything of it). Now, though, I'm afraid that whenever I hear his music or at least a song with one of those tiny references I will be reminded that Billy Joel is an atheist and it will ruin the music for me anyway. :(
Joel was born to non-observant Jewish parents and considers himself a cultural Jew.
“ My parents were both from Jewish families. I was not brought up Jewish in any religious way. My circumcision was as Jewish as they got. I used to go to Roman Catholic church with my friends, and when I was 11, I got baptized in a Church of Christ in Hicksville. I’m a cultural Jew. I like the Lower East Side humor, the food. I think the Yiddish language is terrifically expressive. Does that make me a complete Jew or a partial Jew? I’m not really sure. ”
On November 16, 2010, in an interview on the Howard Stern Show, Billy Joel said that he does not believe in a god, and that he is an atheist."