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Songs of uncertainty and acceptance

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This past weekend, I witnessed a nasty conflict between atheist and Christian people (the conflict wasn't solely about religion, but it was a flashpoint), and it happened in the context of music. It got me thinking about the relationship between music and religion. I meandered a lot from there, didn't come up with much worth sharing, but eventually came to one realization. If agnostics could have hymns, then "Let the Mystery Be" by Iris DeMent would be a great one:


From there, I tried to think of more hymns for agnostics. It's less explicitly theological than DeMent's song, but The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize?" has more of the sense of uplift I associate with ecstatic music. And if you want a more meditative version, check out this one with Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, performed at the Hollywood Cemetery:


Can agnostics have hymns? What might some other ones be?