I've just seen this: Apparently, as an agnostic / borderline atheist*, I shouldn't like religious music.
I've been thinking about posting something on 'sacred music' for some time. Nothing very profound or original; just to pass on an observation that was made (in a much longer way) on a BBC4 programme a while ago.
It was something like this: That religious choral music is almost unique in that it is a concerted attempt to make noise that can be unequivocally described as beautiful. This is because the intended audience is not interested in getting laid, having a dance, or being provoked to think in any way.
When people compose music, they do it for all sorts of reasons, but very rarely simply to create something that is purely, subjectively beautiful, and this is why sacred music is so singularly fascinating.
What do you think about that? I don't think you need to believe in a god of any kind to see some sense in that argument, do you?
*I'm only an agnostic because I think that atheists are too religious for my liking