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Madonna has used religion as a theme throughout many of her songs and albums (and I'm not just talking about Like a Prayer). Let's take a look at some of the religious themes Madonna has used through her songs and albums.

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Like a Prayer
Like a Prayer was Madonna's fourth studio album and was released in 1989. By 1989, Madonna was undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in the world. Like a Prayer was considered to be her most accomplished artistic statement at the time, incorporating rock, dance, pop, soul, and funk elements into the album. The release of the video for "Like a Prayer" caused a huge controversy: in it, Madonna witnesses a murder, kisses a black saint, displays stigmata after cutting her palms on a knife, and dances in a field of burning crosses. Critics applauded the album and Madonna, with Rolling Stone magazine hailing the album saying it is "...as close to art as pop music gets". It also featured the first of several songs throughout her career in which she talked openly about her mother's death and the afterlife, "Promise to Try"; Madonna even dedicated the album to "my mother who taught me to pray".

Confessions On a Dance Floor
2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor didn't upset any Christians this time, or even deal with any Christian themes for that matter. Instead, it has a song about Madonna's new religion, Kabbalah. On the album there is a song titled Issac which is about a popular figure in Kabbalah, Judiasm. The chorus is even sang in Hebrew. The first verse in english contains the lyrics:
"Staring up into the heavens
In this hell that binds your hands
Will you sacrifice your comfort?
Make your way in a foreign land?"
And ends with the line:
"El- Hay Marumam Al Keruvim (god is alive, elevated upon cherubs)".

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Ray of Light
Madonna's 1998 album, Ray of Light, is basically the discovery-of-self set to disco music and the record makes frequent biblical and spiritual references. On the opening track, "Drowned World/Substitute For Love," Madonna wraps the tune up by stating, "This is my religion." On the title track "Ray of Light," she gets "herself a little piece of heaven" and on "Swim" she tackles the subject of baptism. Even though critic's praised the album as one of Madonna's "best acheivments", many religious groups saw it as Madonna "selling religion now instead of sex". Madonna says the album was so spiritual because of the birth of her daughter, Lourdes.

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Madonna's 2000 album Music, though overly blasted by critic's and containing two controversial videos, also contained the very spiritual song Cyberraga; which has the lyrics:
 
"May all be well with mankind
May the leaders of the earth in every way
Protect the earth by keeping to the right path

May there always be goodness
For those who know the earth to be sacred
May all the world be happy

Whatever I do
Whether my body, mind, sense, organs, intellect, self
Or out of natural inclination
I make it all an offering to
The all-pervading supreme being."

It appears that she is talking about her genuine belief in God.

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