Atheists Singing Religious Music
Webcast Q&A: Sunday, 31 July 2011, Question 2
In the live broadcast of Philosophy in Action Radio on 31 July 2011, I answered a question on atheists singing religious music.
Is it moral for atheists to perform religious music? I love to sing classical music, and that usually means performing with a group that does religious music, including Catholic mass and other religious songs. Some of these groups are secular and perform it for the artistic value alone, but other groups are explicitly religious, such as those affiliated with a church. Is it wrong for an atheist like me to join either of these types of groups?
My Answer, In Brief: Given our present and past cultural context, to sing religious music is not an implicit endorsement of religion – unless purpose of performance to inspire religious belief.
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