Beyond Belief (album)

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Beyond Belief
Petra Beyond Belief.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 20, 1990
GenreChristian rock, hard rock
ProducerJohn and Dino Elefante
Petra chronology
Petra Praise: The Rock Cries Out
Beyond Belief
Unseen Power
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic(not rated)[1]
Jesus Freak Hideout(no staff review)[2]

Beyond Belief is the twelfth studio album of the Christian rock band, Petra. It was released on June 20, 1990.

In this album the band continues to polish the hard rock/arena rock sound the band had been working on their previous efforts before their praise album (On Fire! and This Means War!).

As of late 2011, this is the band's most successful album both critically and commercially, and it is considered by most to be the peak of their discography. The album won the band their first Grammy after five previous nominations, and was certified gold on October 3, 1995.[3][4] The album was listed at No. 71 in CCM Magazine's The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music.[5] The band also released a mini-movie of the same title.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Bob Hartman, except where noted.

  1. "Armed and Dangerous" – 4:06
  2. "I am on the Rock" (Hartman, John Elefante) – 4:37
  3. "Creed" – 4:36
  4. "Beyond Belief" – 5:06
  5. "Love" – 4:10
  6. "Underground" (Hartman, J. Elefante) – 4:33
  7. "Seen and Not Heard" – 3:54
  8. "Last Daze" – 5:04
  9. "What's in a Name" – 3:34
  10. "Prayer" (Hartman, J. Elefante) – 4:15


  • Won Grammy Award for Best Rock Gospel Album in 1991.
  • Won Dove Award for Long Form Music Video in 1990.
  • Won Dove Award for Rock Album in 1991.
  • Won Dove Award for Rock Recorded Song ("Beyond Belief") in 1991.
  • Won Dove Award for Recorded Music Packaging in 1991.



Additional musicians

  • John Andrew Schreiner – additional keyboards
  • John Elefante, Dino Elefante and Dave Amato – backing vocals
  • Walt Harrah and the Los Alamitos Congregational Choir – backing vocals on "Love"


Short film[edit]

Beyond Belief
Directed byStephen Yake
Written byStephen Yake
Tom Newman
Andrea Jobe
Jeff Bates
Produced byStephen Yake
StarringTony Leech
Jason Rogers
Distributed byDayspring
Release date
  • 1990 (1990)
Running time
50 minutes
CountryUnited States

Prior to the release of the album, Petra released a short film also called Beyond Belief. The film was produced and directed by Stephen Yake and written by Yake, Tom Newman, Andrea Jobe, and Jeff Bates.

The film features six videos of songs featured on the Beyond Belief album intercalated in the plot of the film. The members of the band also make cameo appearances during the film. The project was filmed on location in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Phoenix and Sedona, Arizona, Coos Bay, Oregon, Miami, Florida and Lima, Perú.[6]


The film follows Chad Warren (Tony Leech), a young senior in high school, who must face the illness of his brother, David (Jason Rogers) during the summer.

While David is diagnosed with cancer, Chad must compete in a huge track and field competition to get a scholarship at Angelo State. David also insists on Chad mending his relationship with their father, who recently walked out on their family.

Song videos[edit]

The song videos included are:

  • "Creed"
  • "Seen And Not Heard"
  • "Love"
  • "Beyond Belief"
  • "I Am On the Rock" (Words and music by Bob Hartman and John Elefante)
  • "Armed and Dangerous"

All songs are included in the band's album Beyond Belief, and were written by the band's guitarist/founder Bob Hartman, except where noted.


  • Tony Leech - Chad Warren
  • Jason Rogers - David Warren
  • Vicci Jo Witty - Mrs. Warren
  • Bob Maras - Mr. Warren
  • Monte Light - Young Chad
  • Adam Maras - Young David
  • Larry Smith - Coach
  • Tom Holder - Chris


  1. ^ "Beyond Belief - Petra - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  2. ^ "Petra, "Beyond Belief" Review". Retrieved July 13, 2015.
  3. ^ "Past Winners Search". Grammy. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  4. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum Searchable Database". RIAA. Retrieved June 14, 2014.
  5. ^ Granger, Thom, ed. (2001). The 100 Greatest Albums in Christian Music. Harvest House. pp. 202–203. ISBN 0-7369-0281-3.
  6. ^ "Petra Beyond Belief". CFDB: Christian Film Database. Retrieved June 14, 2014.

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