When we think of rebellious forms of music and culture, Christian rock rarely comes to mind. It is difficult to imagine a genre of popular music more derided for its timidity and banality, real or imagined. The idea of Christian punk may therefore seem like an outright contradiction; Christianity is more often associated with the censorship of radical cultural forms than inspiring innovative self-expression. Yet Christian punk has built a visible presence across the punk spectrum from underground hardcore acts performing in living rooms and church halls, to polished and professional pop-punk and ‘emo’ outfits achieving mainstream commercial success.
In his article PhD student Ibrahim Abraham draws on interviews with 46 Christian punk musicians and fans from the UK, USA and Australia. He argues that Christian punk is a contemporary music-based subculture that evinces a subtle but determined program of individual and collective resistance to what it constructs as the mainstream culture of secular modernity and liberal capitalism. Read full article.