some of you may know i'm writing a book offering an interpretation of the religious voice of u2. yes, the rock and roll hall of fame band that is currently on tour in support of their recent record 'how to dismantle an atomic bomb.' i originally called the book 'icons of the cross' because i think so much of what is important to me about u2's theological voice is their embodiment of the theology of the cross: worldly, doubt-filled, and honest faith seeking love and peace and justice. they don't whack people over the head with an altar call for jesus, but they point, like icons do, the the element of soul in life, and to the cost of discipleship that the cross represents (e.g. bonhoeffer). i've blogged about this before elsewhere (here and here).
i just got an email from my editor at brazos press who wants me to consider this title instead: one step closer: why u2 matters to those seeking god. this obviously comes from the song on HTDAAB, which I like. below is bono's short version of the origin of the song (from Blender magazine). but i don't know how much i want to give up the image of the cross in the title. so--what to you all think? i've got to decide soon--by monday.
9 “One Step Closer to Knowing”
Sparse splinters of sound and a lonesome search for faith
Bono: “I was talking to Noel Gallagher [from Oasis] about my dad, who lost his faith toward the end of his life. And Noel asked, ‘Does he believe in God?’ And I said, ‘I don’t think he knows.’ So Noel went, ‘Well, he’s one step closer to knowing now.’ And I thought, ‘I’m going to write that song…’ ”
anon, and +peace