Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Well, yes Steve, but it's the "ounce of sense" part we're having trouble with...

Steve-the-formerly-evil-Trad on "Life Teen" and related enthusiasms.

Anyone with an ounce of sense in their head should know that one can’t make something they hold sacred appear “cool” in order to penetrate pop culture and the follies of youth without subverting the very transcendence of what they are trying to draw people to. Worship is supposed to bring the faithful “up”, to elevate them above the mundane, daily realities they face. Reverence is found in silence, in music that is ordered in such a way that it both humbles and lifts the spirit, in a non-vernacular language, in incense and ceremony, in prayers of supplication, etc. Sublimation, not simplification, is the key.

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