I'm not talking about "Amazing Grace" or the like.
I'm curious if overtly religious themes ruin good music (or books or movies) for any of you. I just got M. Ward's new album. Musically, it is really fantastic. Some of the songs have a really religious bent to them, though. For example, in "Blake's View," he sings that "death is just a door" and that the heroine and her recently deceased lover will "be reunited on the other side." In "Shangri-La," he "cannot wait to see the expression on the face of my sweet Lord."
The themes tainted those songs for me a little bit. I'm not sure if it was just unexpected (I've never noticed such over religion in his music before) or if I'm just becoming overly sensitive to religion. I think more than anything, I was disappointed that such a good musician would be religious. Maybe my default setting has become "atheist until proven otherwise" and I need to reset that to something else; I'm just setting myself up for disappointment.
Has anyone else noticed this? If so, are we over-sensitive?