Music and Mediated Religious Identity: "Jesus Freak"

@article{Radwan2006MusicAM,
  title={Music and Mediated Religious Identity: "Jesus Freak"},
  author={Jon P. Radwan},
  journal={Journal of Media and Religion},
  year={2006},
  volume={5},
  pages={1 - 23}
}
  • Jon P. Radwan
  • Published 2006
  • Sociology
  • Journal of Media and Religion
Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is a genre that uses popular styles to express religious ideas. "Jesus Freak" (McKeehan & Heimermann, 1995), an enormously successful CCM song, is approached from the perspective of constitutive rhetorical theory. Both lyrics and music are critiqued to determine how the song invites its teen audience to develop shared definitions of Self and Other. Lyrically the song creates a Freak subject position for young Christians that meets mainstream secular judgment… Expand
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