The biggest band in the world is also one of the most spiritual: The passion of U2

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  • Coats M. Richmond, VA
    Sept. 18, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    I do not really like the author trying to convince me that "secular" music is spiritual. I mean I see what he is trying to do, but I can tell a wolf in sheep's clothing when i see it. Do you really think that U2 is Sunday appropriate? I will stick to MOTAB thank you. Plus I didn't appreciate apple or U2 taking away my agency and putting their album on my computer.

    Sept. 12, 2014 11:35 a.m.

    @ Tyler D:

    I believe that the contradiction Bono highlights in those lyrics is one central to the Christian faith. Since I focus my spirituality on an individual (Christ), it is a relationship that I seek.All relationships have ups and downs.

    At times I feel a closeness to diety, and at other times I feel far away. I have found that is based on me, not Him. When I take specific actions that orient me toward a relationship with Christ, I feel Him near. In religion, faith preceeds anything. This is the point where I believe some (including myself for a time) get off the "god train". It is hard to believe in something that you cannot tangibly connect with.

    @ Scientist:

    Or they are decent people because of their religiosity. Bono's faith drives his charitable work, so I would bet that is more likely the case...

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    Sept. 12, 2014 8:18 a.m.

    I don't know much about U2 music, only heard a little. The one thing I can say is that I believe it has to be much more positive to listen to than the hip hop/rap/urban music that has been dominating the music world since the late 1980s. I grew up with the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and the Rolling Stones. Todays pop music from the aforementioned culture makes the Stones look like the Osmond Family. Violent, pornographic, sexist lyrics. That can't be good for youth or anyone to listen to.

  • The Scientist Provo, UT
    Sept. 11, 2014 10:08 p.m.

    I like U2. Always have. And Bono's wife is amazing. Saw her repelling off a building in Cork back some years back to raise money for her charities. She got some of my money for that. The Hewsons seem like decent people despite their religiosity.

  • Llew40 Sandy, UT
    Sept. 11, 2014 8:58 p.m.

    U2 has a strong fan base here in Utah for a reason. Great article. I better go listen to the new album now...

  • tellitstraight Hurricane, UT
    Sept. 11, 2014 6:33 p.m.

    I understand and appreciate DN highlighting elements of faith around the world (though its attention doesn't drift far from mostly Christian sources). Still, it too often seems forced, almost cloying. Almost, and in the case of this article, nearly completely, juvenile and, well, as uninspired (unspiritual) as Wonder Bread. There's more sophisticated goings-on in, for instance, U2's lyrics and temperament than, sadly, the writer of this article could ever make out. But that's what would make the article most interesting and, yes, spiritually moving.

  • MoNoMo Fair Oaks, CA
    Sept. 11, 2014 5:45 p.m.

    Um ..... okay....

    I wonder what Bono would have to say about this article?

  • Tyler D Meridian, ID
    Sept. 11, 2014 4:34 p.m.

    “I believe in the Kingdom Come,” Bono proclaims. “You carried the cross, and my shame. … You know I believe it.”

    And yet the next line in the song is –

    “but I still… haven’t found… what I’m looking for”