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The Cross & the Jukebox: R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion”

In today’s episode of The Cross & the Jukebox, we take a break from country music to cover R.E.M.’s “Losing My Religion.” In a time when stories of people leaving the faith have become all too common, the song has become a sort of anthem for many. For many, this is less about cognitive decisions, and more about how religion has been used as a tool for power and maintaining cultural norms. This song functions as a lament at this contradiction between what the faith says and how the faithful act. 

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Only when we see how lost we are, we can find our way again. Only when we bury what’s dead can we experience life again. Only when we lose our religion can we be amazed by grace again.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Editor in Chief of Christianity Today and is the author of the forthcoming book Losing Our Religion: An Altar Call for Evangelical America (Penguin Random House).