MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Daryl Carter, Jennifer Adler
Christianity and Hip-Hop culture are often said to be at odds with one another. One is said to promote a lifestyle of righteousness and love, while the other is said to promote drugs, violence, and pride. As a result, the public has portrayed these two institutions as conflicting with no willingness to resolve their perceived differences. This paper will argue that there has always been a healthy conversation between Hip-Hop and Christianity since Hip-Hop’s inception. Using sources like Hip-Hop lyrics, theologians, historians, autobiographies, sermons, and articles that range from Ma$e to Tipper Gore, this paper will look at the conversation between Hip-Hop and Christianity that has been ongoing for decades. This thesis will show why that conversation is essential for the church and necessary for Hip-Hop artists to express themselves fully. This paper will show rap and Hip-Hop culture to be a complex institution with its own theology, history, and prophets – that uses its own voice to express how urban youth view not only their lives but also how God and the church are present in their lives.
Thesis - unrestricted
Swanson, Joshua, "Talk This Way: A Look at the Historical Conversation Between Hip-Hop and Christianity" (2020). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3810. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3810
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