I find the lyrics to Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me” playing in my head whenever I turn to the task of working out a precise definition for the steampunk aesthetic. I keep coming back to one stanza in particular:
Oh, it doesn’t matter what they say in the papersI played in a few indie bands before I got into academia, so I often find myself mashing pop lyrics up against scholarly ideas. In this case, Billy Joel gets to come into conversation with religion scholars Carl Olson and Willi Braun. I will attempt to provide a condensed overview of the issues and problems of defining religion as argued in chapter one of Carl Olson’s Theory and Method in the Study of Religion, and Willi Braun’s articles “Religion” and “The Study of Religion and the Mischief of Curiosity.”
‘Cause it’s always been the same old scene.
There’s a new band in town
But you can’t get the sound from a story in a magazine...
Aimed at your average teen
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