Springsteen’s Gospel

8 Apr

How do we live in the presence of the living God? In wonder, amazed by the traces of God all around us. Grace abounds in contemporary movies, books, novels, films, and music. If God is not in the whirlwind, He may be in a Woody Allen film or a Bruce Springsteen concert. Most people understand imagery and symbol better than doctrine and dogma. Images touch hearts and awaken imaginations. One theologian suggested that Springsteen’s “Tunnel of Love” album, in which He symbolically sings of sin, death, despair, and redemption, is more important for Catholics than the Pope’s last visit when He spoke of morality only in doctrinal propositions. Troubadours have always been more important and influential than theologians and bishops.

brennan_manningBrennan Manning

The Ragamuffin Gospel, Multnomah 1990/2000, 94.

2 Responses to “Springsteen’s Gospel”

  1. Carole Hustead April 8, 2013 at 1:49 am #

    Interesting considering what we just said about hymns. Also fits in with what I have been reading about finding God in daily life, i.e., the secular.  C

  2. Earl Vordenberg April 9, 2013 at 1:40 am #

    I am a music and movie person,grew up in the 50s and 60s,tv was new,and that evil rock and roll was around.The problem was to this day, I can relate to the Troubadours, more sometimes then the preachers,sometimes it seems preaching is so distant,music you can relate to, a big one for me was the moody blues,and so many other songs,you can say,I understand, I can relate.

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