Have Lady Gaga's lyrics have taken a turn towards the 'blasphemous modern' in her new song Judas which has upset Christians across the world?
The latest single from Lady Gaga called Judas will see Gaga playing Mary Magdalene in the accompanying video and this has angered church leaders.
"Let the cultural baptism begin," said Gaga in reference to the song that is unfortunately highly catchy and brilliant in production and distinctly Lady Gaga.
The rise of blasphemous modern has permeated vast swathes of the art world by taking existing religious concepts and images then transforming them into an art form by desecration.
The desecration though is usually very ambiguous and it is this ambiguity that is a trade mark of blasphemous modern which allows the artist involved to get away with much more than they could by direct desecration.
Another trade mark of blasphemous modern is the artist will nearly always deny citing blasphemous modern as inspiration or applying the insidious nature of its concepts in any of their works.
Back to the Lady Gaga song and the question of if it fits into the blasphemous modern category.
Judas is aÂ song that makes reference towards a love for the 'bad boy' Judas as opposed to the virtue of Christ with the lyrics "Jesus is my virtue, Judas is the demon I cling to".
The interesting middle eight is most ambiguous with the lyricsÂ "In the most Biblical sense, I am beyond repentance, fame hooker, prostitute wench, vomits her mind" this clearly demonstrates no understanding for the core Christian beliefs of forgiveness and absolution if coming from the perspective of Mary Magdalene, who would have been more than aware of Christ's teachings on the aforementioned core beliefs.
But the lines "I'll bring him down, bring him down, down a king with no crown, king with no crown" have caused the most offence and, according to Welsh Christian musician Adam Fenn, "the lyricsÂ are truly the most blasphemous and insensitive to Christians all over the world."
"Such a shame to see such a talented artist degrade herself and literally fall from grace so spectacularly."
Gaga's intention to be blasphemous and adopt blasphemous modern concepts are not a certainty, however it does look increasingly like she is following a path away from Christ.
Shame though as it's a really well grafted piece of work musically (OK its not great musicianship but that is not the intention because the composite whole is subtly original….if there ever was such an expression).