With God on Our Side
Towards a Transformational Theology of Rock and Roll
Imprint: Wipf and Stock
"Too many theology of culture authors pillage cultural artifacts for the purpose of using them as cardboard props for use in service of their book topic. In this book, Felix-Jager takes cultural artifacts seriously as complex items of deep meaning that not only avail themselves to the ideas we project onto them but also teach us things through the ideas they project onto us. And a book that has such creative insights makes this a pretty fun read."
--Brent Everett Dickinson, Azusa Pacific University
"Too often rock music is written off by the faithful as 'the devil's music,' dangerous unless transfigured by the formulaic approach of the Contemporary Christian Music industry. Yet as Felix-Jager shows, rock music is not one thing, but internally diverse, representing many sub-genres of music. Further, these sub-genres are religiously complex, engaging a wide range of basic human and even explicitly religious concerns. This unique and compelling book is cognizant of the diversity and religious complexity of rock, and rewards the reader with a rich and original 'transformational theology of rock' by way of response. Highly recommended."
--Christian Scharen, Auburn Theological Seminary
"There is a notable imbalance between the prominence of rock music in our culture at large, and its relative absence from theological discussions of art and culture. In this lucid study, Steven Felix-Jager performs a valuable service by inviting the church to follow his lead in bringing theologians like Barth, Hauerwas, and Gutierrez into conversation with artists like August Burns Red, Relient K, and Skillet."
--Steven R. Guthrie, Belmont University