Posted in Agnosticism, Religion, The Conscious Disbeliever

Atheism and Music

Much has been written about atheism and religious music. We have no hymns or anthems. Not even Steve Martin’s song gets to be our anthem.

I was listening to a bit of classical music the other day, and for a moment stopped to think of what I was listening to.

The piece in question was Mozart’s Requiem Mass in D Minor. A most beautiful piece, but as a Mass, it is full of religion.

Can we as atheists hear this kind of music and be full of joy?  I think we can and should enjoy the form and allow the meaning to slip by, just as we can when we watch a good movie or read a delightful novel. In the end we know it is fiction but the art is magnificent.

Or maybe I should go for music from the Enlightenment such as The Magic Flute also by Mozart?

Or continuing the Mozart line. Maybe  I should listen to opera buffa like Le Nozze di Figaro?

Sorry if the captions are in Spanish, but Anna Netrebko is FABULOUS.

What do you think?

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Family man, gamer, neurosurgeon, "Born Again 6.9 Atheist" and of course, Coffee aficionado

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