From Elvis to Queen Bey, Finding God in All Tunes


One of the surest signs that someone is a product of Jesuit education is their frequent use of the phrase “Finding God in all things.” Aside from being fodder for tattoos and Twitter bios, it’s a powerful idea that often sparks an exploration into realms of pop culture that often are considered...surprising.

This week we speak with Tom Beaudoin, associate professor of Religion at Fordham University, who is finishing teaching a course titled "Faith in Music: Sound Theology From the Blues to Beyoncé." The class explores the spiritual significance of popular music through a theological study of various influential artists in music history, including Elvis, George Harrison, Queen Bey and more. Professor Beaudoin said about the class: “There are some people who will think that these artists are only secular or profane. That’s one side of it, but [the course is] pushing back against the idea that popular music is spiritually thin.”


In Signs of the Times we discuss Donald Trump’s announcement that he’s heading to the Vatican, and provide a Twitter history of the relationship between Papa Frank and The Donald. And as always, we ask ourselves where we found God in our week (or where it was difficult to see him).

As always, if you’re enjoying the show, tell someone about it! The easiest way to keep our lights on and us on the air is to tell your friends. Maybe they don’t know how to podcast—you could teach them! #MakeYourFriendsCommuteGreatAgain

Links from the show:

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Pope Francis: A priest who hasn't learned to carry the cross is "useless"

Kansas City Archdiocese Cutting Ties With Girl Scouts Over 'Troubling Trends'

Tiffany Trump, Future Law Student, Should Take These Classes to Influence Her Father

50,000 Haitians Face Uncertain Future Under Trump Administration.

Alongside Catholic leaders, President Trump signs executive order on religious liberty, health care

Trump & Francis: a history in tweets

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