tells BBC World Service that his understanding of Christianity helped
him achieve a new balance in life
Richard Melville Hall, otherwise known as Moby, has been a Marxist
punk, a fundamentalist Christian and a teetotal vegan.
talks to BBC World Service about his Christian faith, why he's wary
of aligning himself with any one specific denomination and how he
has managed to achieve a balanced lifestyle.
interview can be heard at 10.45am BST in tomorrow's edition of Heart
and Soul Celebrity I Believe (30 April 2003, BBC World Service).
hedonism and consumerism
who owns a vegetarian restaurant and loft apartment in downtown
Manhattan, says he's not a consumerist.
wish I could say I'm enlightened and it's some sort of spiritually
inspired choice but there just aren't that many material things
that I like very much."
the 80s and 90s he was a strict Christian and vegan. Now:
still a vegan and still Christian but I'm just a lot less rigid.
I first got involved in club culture I didn't drink, I wasn't promiscuous,
I didn't take drugs. I didn't really get involved in any of the
hedonistic vices that most people got involved in.
have taken drugs a few times but I didn't really start experimenting
with hedonism until I was about 33 or 34 years old. In some ways
I'm grateful for that.
hopefully I've found a balance wherein hedonism can be juxtaposed
or balanced in moderation by a more sober, sane lifestyle."
was never encouraged to believe anything. I was brought up in a
profoundly agnostic or pantheistic community.
my teens I was really interested in different types of spirituality
and different types of world religion. At one point I sort of flirted
with Daoism, I was an atheist for a while, I was a punk rock Marxist
for a while.
about 1985 I read the teachings of Christ and was instantly struck
by the idea that Christ was somehow divine.
I say I love Christ and love the teachings of Christ I mean that
in the most simple and naïve way. I'm not saying I'm right."
don't necessarily subscribe to any denomination. I'm even wary of
calling myself a Christian.
really wary of orthodoxy, any sort of orthodoxy, whether its
religious orthodoxy or musical orthodoxy. Because the truth is,
orthodoxy and fundamentalism are arbitrary concepts."
of the reasons why fundamentalists are so aggressive in trying to
promote fundamentalism is because deep down they know it's arbitrary.
If you're comfortable with your belief you don't need to convince
other people to agree with you.
I was younger, when I first became a Christian, I was a very fundamentalist
Christian and I was very rigid in my fundamentalism and my Christianity.
what led me away from fundamentalism was looking at the world around
me. The fundamentalist is always trying to conform his or her experience
to his or her orthodox belief, to his or her fundamentalism. But
then you look at the world around you and you realise, you know
what, the world is flexible and fluid in ways that cannot be contained
within a fundamentalist ideology."
enough it's a song that doesn't have any lyrics to it. It's a song
called God Moving Over the Face of the Waters, and it's an instrumental
piece of music that, when I was writing it, I had this vision, like
at least according to the Old Testament, the creation story, at
one point you know, what is it the earth was without form
and void and God was moving over the face of the waters. And this
particular piece of music was written with that in mind."
lies Moby. He tried not to take himself too seriously but at times
he did. He was a jerk who tried to be a nice guy."
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and Soul: Celebrity I Believe with Moby
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