In highschool I got into punk rock. It was a bit of a switch from listening to bands like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, but when I was converted to Christ, I ditched all the hippie music I used to listen to when stoned (consequently I’m back to granola rock, but that’s another story). The switch came primarily through the influence of some friends who were into bands like The Misfits, Minor Threat, Black Flag, etc. The more we got into the movment, the more our interests in punk rock evolved. One band that I really enjoyed was Bad Religion, headed up by Greg Graffin. They were a perfect blend between the old skool punk like Minor Threat and the more new skool like Face to Face, NOFX or No Use For A Name. Like much of the punk from that era, it was more than just a bunch of guys running around screaming about nothing. Bands like Bad Religion had an ideology that they held tenaciously to and it oozed through their music.
Particularly for Graffin and Bad Religion, they were devoutly atheistic. Knowing Graffin’s background it makes sense (well, not really, atheism makes no sense) that he was an atheist as he has his PhD in zoology and has been heavily influenced by naturalism.
Songs like “God Song” reveal a deep-seated antagonism to Christianity, as can be seen from its lyrics:
and did those feet in ancient times trod on america’s pastuers of
green? and did that anthropocentric god wane with their thoughts and
beliefs all unseen? i don’t think so, he’s up there with the others
laying low, vying with those who you’ve traded your life to to bless
your soul, and have they told you how to think, cleansed your mind of
sepsis and automony? or have you escaped scrutiny, and regaled
yourself with depravity? now we all see, “religion is just synthetic
frippery, unnecessary in our expanding global cultural efficiency” and
don’t you fear this impasse we have built to our future? ever so near,
and oh so austere
I listened to Bad Religion quite a bit, saw them in concert and even wore a number of their shirts; all the while professing faith in Christ. Finally, the point came when I realised that having lyrics like, “I’ll believe in God when one and one is five,” running through my head daily wasn’t exactly edifying. Slowly I fazed them out, and I don’t think that I’ve listened to them in over five years.