We are back at it again this week for Pub Theology. Join us at the Tap House on Monday at 5:30.
There is an American singer-songwriter by the name of Samuel Beam, better known by his stage name Iron and Wine. His 2007 album, The Shepherd’s Dog, has a song called “Innocent Bones”. Give a listen on YouTube (youtu.be/N0TQ9KvUSnU) and give the lyrics (tinyurl.com/pmp5csh) some time to sink in. FYI: the song has an f-word and some references to drugs, so proceed accordingly. Listen to it a few times if you can, and then read Genesis 4:1-15 (the story of Cain and Abel) to help frame Beam’s lyrics.
Here are a few questions to get things rolling:
- What do you make of the apparent juxtaposition of a kind of lighthearted, simple naiveté (verse 1) to deeper understanding of life’s violence and the complexity of human relationships (verses 2, 3)?
- What other juxtapositions does Beam make in the song? Are there universal human realities to which he testifies?
- Have you ever found yourself identifying more as a Cain character? Or as an Abel character? What realities do those character archetypes represent?
- Do you think Beam uses this Biblical parallel to effectively get his point across? What is his point?
- Who are these “innocent bones?”
See you there.