This week saw the annual conference for the British Association for the Study of Religions, hosted at Leeds Trinity University. Dr Suzanne Owen and Prof Bettina Schmidt welcome conference delegates I have been a regular attendee/presenter at the BASR since 2014. It is always an enjoyable conference for a number of reasons: it is an... Continue Reading →
‘If You’re Feeling Faint, Appeal to a Saint’: Sparks’ Approach to Religious Themes and Pop Music
Art-pop band Sparks, consisting of brothers Ron and Russell Mael, have been renowned throughout their career to not shy away from the more obscure topics and subject matters in their music. Their approach to acerbic lyrics has recently resulted in a plethora of songs that use religious imagery in a number of striking ways.