For An Ex-Christian Rocker, Faith Lost Is A Following Gained


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Taylor Muse is the 31-year-old bandleader and songwriter of Quiet Company, an indie-rock band from Austin. A native of East Texas raised in a Southern Baptist church, he now reluctantly carries the banner of "that atheist rocker from Austin."

"Every band that I was in up until college was a Christian band," Muse says. "It was part of our identity as people, our identity as a community. It was everything."

Muse's life in his hometown of Longview revolved around the church youth group, the praise team, choir rehearsal, mission trips and Bible study classes. Then came moving away from home, going off to college, discovering the writings of avowed atheist Kurt Vonnegut, and getting married.

"Eventually, I came home from work one day and just told my wife, 'I think I'm having a little bit of a crisis of faith. I just realized today that I can't make a case for Christianity that would convince myself,' " he says.

That realization led to the release of the 2011 album We Are All Where We Belong, a startlingly frank exposition of a young man's loss of faith. The record made a big splash in Austin; last year, Quiet Company took home 10 honors at the Austin Music Awards, including Best Band and Album of the Year.

Written By: John Burnett
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    • In reply to #1 by KRKBAB:

      Awesome. He is acting in one of an infinite way an atheist can. An atheist could shout his atheism from the rooftop, or announce it once and then lay back about it.

      Are you sure, I’ve been hearing a bunch of rules we’re supposed to be following?

      No wait you’re right – It is infinite.* Happy, sad, angry or musical – I love it. I want to add you to my unofficial list of ways to be an atheist but every time someone complains about one type or the other they can’t help becoming what they complain about.

      ** *AKA the “more than one way to skin a cat” atheism**

  1. The music on the website sounds good thumping stuff but, for the most part, the lyrics are completely unintelligible. Usually that doesn’t matter too much but, in this case, it would seem to be the main thrust of their music. Or maybe I’m just old-fashioned?

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