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God in Country Music Videos

dc.contributor.authorHudnut-Beumler, James
dc.contributor.authorByrd, James
dc.description“God in Country Music Videos” was an event that provided an opportunity for the Nashville community to consider the role of theology in country music. Not only do the lyrics of country music express the religious ideas of both individual artists and the mainstream culture, but the music video format provides an additional place to develop the themes expressed in the music. Professors James Byrd and James Hudnut-Beumler, both American religious historians at Vanderbilt Divinity School, led a discussion of the theological ideas present in select contemporary country music videos. Participants examined themes such as sin, repentance, forgiveness, love, heaven, baptism, scripture, Jesus, and God that were present in the lyrics and visual imagery of eight music videos, including Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus Take the Wheel,” Brooks and Dunn’s “Believe,” Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails’ “Hurt,” Jimmy Wayne’s “I Love You This Much,” and Trent Tomlinson’s “One Wing in the Fire,” among others.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipVanderbilt Divinity School, Center for the Study of Religion and Cultureen_US
dc.subjectMusic, Religion and the South
dc.subjectGod in Music City
dc.subjectVanderbilt University. -- Divinity Library Exhibit 2012
dc.subject.lcshReligion and cultureen_US
dc.subject.lcshCountry music -- Religious aspectsen_US
dc.subject.lcshVanderbilt University. -- Center for the Study of Religion and Cultureen_US
dc.titleGod in Country Music Videosen_US

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