Episode #447

Christians, Go-Go, Danielson

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Saturday, November 22, 2003

Kurt Andersen and his guest, religion professor Randall Balmer talk about art and entertainment by Evangelical Christians that is entering mainstream culture. We hear go-go funk musicians and South Jersey rockers sing the gospel their way.  And we visit a Christian bookstore to explore the phenomenon of the Left Behind series — 55 million copies sold about the end of the world.

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Randall Balmer

Commentary: Incorporating Art

Last spring, after Texaco cancelled its sponsorship of the Metropolitan Opera broadcasts, and then Chrysler cancelled its annual awards to designers, Kurt started wondering if there was some contagion of art indifference among big corporations.

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Special Guest: Randall Balmer

Kurt Andersen and religion professor Randall Balmer look at the art of Evangelical Christians — from rock bands like P.O.D. to the best-selling Left Behind novels.

Randall Balmer is a professor of American Religion at Barnard College and an editor-at-large for Christianity Today. His books include the Encyclopedia of Evangelism ...

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Left Behind

Novelist Jerry Jenkins might not have the name recognition of Stephen King or John Grisham, but his book sales are setting publishing records. Jenkins is the co-author of the Christian fiction series, Left Behind. Aimee Rinehart takes a look at the 11-volume series that has become ...

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The Danielson Family

The Danielson Family regularly plays trendy rock clubs, like New York's Knitting Factory, but they're not your average rock band. They've built quite a following among Christians and non-Christians and they say that they want their shows to express faith, and create spectacle. Produced by Michael Raphael.

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Gospel Go-Go

Go-Go music is Washington DC's homegrown hip-hop that began thirty years ago. In the 90's, some DC bands started mixing Christian messages into their Go-Go songs. Produced by Jacquie Gales Webb.

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Contemporary Christian Art

Roman Catholicism inspired centuries of great Christian painting by artists like Giotto and Michelangelo. But after the Reformation, many Protestants were content to let the visual tradition wither. Trey Kay spoke to one contemporary Christian artist who is trying to help evangelicals embrace pictures again.

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