Rolling Stone has excerpts of an interview Jann Wenner did with Bono. In the course of a ten hour discussion at Bono's vacation house on a Mexican beach they got around to talking about his religious views. Bono fans will find the whole article interesting, but his Christian fans will perhaps find the discussion of religion of most interest:
What role did religion play in your childhood?
Did you feel religious when you went to church?
Who is God to you at that point in your life?
Your early songs are about being confused, about trying to find spirituality at an age when most anybody else your age would be writing about girls and trouble.
You skipped "I Want to Hold Your Hand," and you went right . . .
You were living with his family?
So is that why you were writing such serious songs when you're nineteen?
You never saw rock & roll -- the so-called devil's music -- as incompatible with religion?
Soon after starting the band you joined a Bible-study group -- you and Larry and Edge -- called the Shalom. What brought that on?
How did you end up leaving that?
And forgot to come back?
What draws you so deeply to Martin Luther King?
What is your religious belief today? What is your concept of God?
How does it make sense?
Do you pray or have any religious practices?
How big an influence is the Bible on your songwriting? How much do you draw on its imagery, its ideas?
As a belief, or as a literary thing?
You're saying it's a living thing?
What do you think of the evangelical movement that we see in the United States now?
Teddy Kennedy? Teddy Kennedy occupies the moral high ground? Geesh. Other than that baffling remark it's an interesting interview.
Thanks to Joe Carter at Evangelical Outpost for the tip.