[quote="Lord_Timmsey, post:9, topic:254710"]
Might the Sinatra song you speak of be "I Get a Kick Out of You"? I LOVE that song...but then again, I love Sinatra in general anyway.
In answer to the OP, I think that it's a bit silly to avoid things that disagree with your religious beliefs simply *because *they disagree. My opinion is that faith and belief ought to constantly be tested and reaffirmed, and there's not much chance of doing that if you avoid everything that disagrees with it. It's kind of like exercising, I think, and it's why I try to read things from the atheistic viewpoint, the Protestant viewpoint, etc. I like to be able to know that I have heard such-and-such argument, and that what I believe in, namely the Catholic faith, has stood the test of that argument and came out intact. Unless your faith is shaky, then I don't see why it would be such a horrid thing to listen to those songs - provided you can identify why the things they say are wrong. And I believe (this is a little meandering thought of mine here) there is a logical fallacy - the fallacy of composition - that says that something that is part of a whole represents the whole. So the fallacy here is that because one song by a band is objectionable, the whole body of work by the band is objectionable - something which is manifestly ridiculous. At least, in my opinion.
This is a good point, and indeed I often find the viewpoints of others interesting, even where I may not personally follow that particular way of thinking, or agree with that specific opinion.
My own thinking, and this is not just a get-out to keep on listening to my favorite band, is that if you wrap yourself into a little Christianized bubble, you end up completely losing sight of the real issues in life. I know people who indeed only watch/listen to Christian music, TV and films, and they seem to me wrapped up in their beliefs and don't have a realistic view on the world.
In my view, when it comes to music that contains objectionable material, I usually don't mind it all that much. Sinatra, for example, sometimes sings about sex and stuff like that, but wrapped up in entendres and innuendo - nothing overt, really. What I care about the most when it comes to music is the sound and the style - I usually ignore the words completely (unless it's Sinatra, Sammy Davis, or Dean Martin, because I love singing along to them) and focus on the sounds. The only artist whose lyrics I pay real attention to is the composer Frank Martin, because his works - such as Golgotha and In terra pax - draw from Scripture and the writings of St. Augustine, and they are incredibly meaningful and inspiring.
Anyway, those are my admittedly wandering thoughts on the matter. God Bless!
[quote="jsaldar, post:10, topic:254710"]
Just don't listen to the anti religious songs and don't promote them by buying their material.
[quote="Joe_5859, post:11, topic:254710"]
I wouldn't categorize Rush as an atheist band.
Neil Peart (Rush's primary lyricist) lost both his wife and his daughter in the same year (the latter to a car accident and the former to cancer). I grant him a little leeway in writing a few darker songs in the wake of that profoundly painful and tragic experience. It isn't reason enough to write off their entire discography (though you can certainly skip past those songs if they make you uncomfortable).
It's understandable in that kind of situation.
As to their religious beliefs, I can only guess from the scant hints I've seen in interviews and the song lyrics. They've never been one to advertise their religious or political beliefs. Although songs like Freewill are good indicators to my mind that they are in fact atheists or at least don't subscribe to any traditional belief.