Gospel music star Kirk Franklin recently sat down with music superstar Pharrell Williams and radio DJ Scott Vener on the Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone to discuss religious beliefs, and the discussion went in an interesting direction.
Pharrell talked about why he thinks so many people have an aversion to religion in the first place. Essentially saying that he believes that some people don’t have capacity for religious belief:
I don’t think the church gives enough credence to, like, science … There are departments in your brain for everything that you think. All of your thoughts come from your brain, that tissue, that muscle … and there’s a part where it falls under religion. And there are certain people that just don’t have that.
Pharrell then said that he suggests that people learn each other’s beliefs, even if it takes some unconventional methods to get them to read scripture:
I think a cool way to bring people together is to say, ‘Look, you don’t have to look at it in a religious or faithful way. Read it as a text.’ Replace the word ‘God’ with ‘the universe’ and it starts to make more sense, to you … Now, I know that there’s power in that word [God]. I’ve experienced it. I’ve seen it. But everyone has their journey, and not everyone is going to believe
If you have a difference of opinion, I think it’s smarter for me to understand your difference of opinion, than to not know at all, and we’re always just mortal enemies and we don’t want to talk. I think the easy way for us to like get to know each other is to share each other’s beliefs and our difference and get to know them and to understand them.
Vener suggested using pop culture and works of curated art, music and literature to help communicate these types of ideas to unbelievers or people with deeper questions.
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SOURCE: Relevant Magazine