Even though I am a theist, a follower of Jesus Christ, I still enjoy (well, I don't always enjoy it) and delve into the opposite view. The opposite view of course being that of an atheist. The beauty of faith is that it is there to be challenged. It isn't necessarily something to keep hidden away, dwelling and becoming stagnated. As soon as one becomes self-righteous enough to presume and bark that they are completely right and have the absolute truth, then we have a problem. More specifically, they have a problem. This can range from music, favourite Renaissance artist, fruit, to philosophy, science, religion and whether or not socks and sandals are acceptable to wear together. Clearly on this last point, the world should be in unison that it is an abomination to choose such a combination.
Carrying on though and back to the point, this is more to do with reading or talking or interacting with those who believe differently. This occurred recently when my favourite band released their new album, Daybreaker (it's terrific, by the way). The band, Architects, are a group of atheists and quite rightly, they are very much entitled to writing about atheism and making songs about it. If a band like The Devil Wears Prada or Demon Hunter can sing about God, Architects can sing about the lack of a God.
Perhaps a good idea to keep in mind is this:
I remember hearing a particular line from "These Colours Don't Run" (watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHHJF2cUwyY):
If there was a God, you would be the death of him
Obviously, I believe there is a God but this line certainly does resonate. It's an explicit statement about how the very people who believe in a God, often are the very folk who murder their God. Indeed, the entire song is powerful, it's just this is a stand out line.
The next song I heard (which made me go "uh-oh" as soon as I heard the title) is "Alpha Omega", which, correct me if I'm wrong, is in reference to, "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." (Revelation 22:9) But when I listened to it I found myself thinking how remarkably similar their vein of thought is to mine. The song discusses the divisions caused, the oppression and repression caused, the power and control, as well as the deceit and lies of religion. I think I am probably right in suggesting the album focuses more on Christianity due to the references to biblical imagery, but I am sure it encompasses more than this religion. The point is that a religion focussed on love and being good to one another has been corrupted to the point that it is for some, merely a form of control. A religion that according to some is led by "The First Socialist" has become a cog in conservatism and capitalism is frightening, absurd and a downright shame.
"Daybreaker" focusses on uniting humanity, eradicating the greed and corruptness of the world, and basically, being decent to one another. Their points about religion being a weapon and mechanism of control and form of oppression; spot on. Their points about how America lost its way; spot on. Their points about thinking; spot on. The list continues.
I highly recommend you purchase the album but if metal is not your musical genre, research the lyrics. Hopefully you'll find something that resonates or worth debate.
Here are some further links:
Architects - Alpha Omega
Architects - Unbeliever