Lady Gaga and Spirituality

David Mills has a few things to say about Lady Gaga and spirituality at First Things. In particular, he deconstructs the trend toward “spirituality” as an alternative to “religion.” He writes,

‘It’s a great and self-serving mess, this claim to be “spiritual but not religious,” which we hear from almost anyone who talks about religion in public… So we find Lady Gaga, the pornographic songstress, telling a reporter for The Times that she has a new spirituality just before taking her out for a night at a Berlin sex club. Asked by the reporter, “You were raised a Catholic — so when you say ‘God,’ do you mean the Catholic God, or a different, perhaps more spiritual sense of God?”, she responded, “More spiritual. . . . There’s really no religion that doesn’t hate or condemn a certain kind of people, and I totally believe in all love and forgiveness, and excluding no one.”‘

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4 Responses to Lady Gaga and Spirituality

  1. jeff miller May 31, 2010 at 2:09 am #

    I approach this article on “first things” with some skepticism, not being a fan of the empty liturgies of either the Catholic or Baptist variety (I say this having recently learned more about the Baptist variety…wow) but I really like where this article goes…I think it leads pretty close to the personal loyalty of God which certainly beats a vain spirituality.

  2. John May 31, 2010 at 2:47 pm #

    Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah
    Roma, Roma-ma
    GaGa ooh la la
    Want your bad theology

    I want your ugly, your theology
    I want your tepid, spirituality
    I want your dung
    Dung, dung, dung
    I want your dung

    Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah
    Roma, Roma-ma
    GaGa ooh la la
    Want your bad theology

  3. Donald Johnson May 31, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    I am not sure if the term theology can even be applied to what she believes.

  4. Nathan June 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm #

    Other than saying that one has to have a relationship with God on God’s terms, this article is a bunch of fluff that mentions Gaga to get some hits…

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