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The Plugged In Show, Episode 113: The Sacred/Secular Musical Divide (and Boba Fett, Too!)


Back in the 1970s, singer/songwriter Larry Norman asked, “Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?” Music-loving Christians have been asking versions of that question for decades. And then sometimes they ask another, equally important question. “Is secular music really of the devil?”

We dive into those perilous questions and more on this episode of the Plugged In Show, and our own Adam Holz tells you all about the drastic way he answered that second question as a young man. (I won’t spoil it for you, but sensitive fans of cassette tapes might want to plug their ears to escape the carnage.) We talk about music more broadly, too. Because as much time as we spend watching our entertainment, what we listen to can be, in some ways, even more powerful.

And while we’re on the subject of power, we’ll examine Disney+’s newest Star Wars show, The Book of Boba Fett, where our titular character is discovering just what it means to hold power on the fractious, crime-riven planet of Tatooine. Does the show itself take off like a jet pack? Or does it crash-land in the stomach of some hideous desert monster? Adam and I talk about it here.

And, of course, we wrap up the show with our wildly popular, incredibly unfair Culture Countdown. Which seems only right, given that we make every second of this podcast count.

When you’re done listening, chime in with what you think about the Christian v. secular music conversation on Facebook and Instagram. (Or just send an email to [email protected], if you’re so inclined.)

And, as always, peruse our show notes to read about everything we talked about in this episode.

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Paul Asay

Paul Asay has been part of the Plugged In staff since 2007, watching and reviewing roughly 15 quintillion movies and television shows. He’s written for a number of other publications, too, including Time, The Washington Post and Christianity Today. The author of several books, Paul loves to find spirituality in unexpected places, including popular entertainment, and he loves all things superhero. His vices include James Bond films, Mountain Dew and terrible B-grade movies. He’s married, has two children and a neurotic dog, runs marathons on occasion and hopes to someday own his own tuxedo. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @AsayPaul.

2 Responses

  1. -This was a great episode and really resonated with me where I am at. I also had a period where “secular was bad” no matter what and I always felt guilty when I listened to it because some of it was exciting and made me feel good. I was forced to listen to Christian music and even worse only Christian girl artists, maybe some groups but DC Talk was never one I could listen to. Long story short I love techno music and rock music too so I love how you shared your views. I listen to Christian and non Christian now and I try to focus on the lyrics not just the beats because I want to make sure whatever I put in my ears will affect my heart in a good way. It was great to hear you guys solidifying my ideas. Thanks for todays podcast

  2. -Meat Loaf has just died and therefore a part of my childhood as well. Bat 2 was the first grown-up album I ever owned followed quickly by the original, blind before I stop and welcome to the neighborhood. I still think songs like two out of three ain’t bad, I’d do anything for love but I won’t do that and I’d lie for you and that’s the truth are some of the most epic sounding rock songs ever made. Don’t know if he was a Christian or not, but he certainly sang about heaven and hell alot, so one can only hope he’s enjoying the rewards of heaven right now.