Joshua Rothman writes in The New Yorker about the serious but sometimes hard to discern Christianity in U2’s song lyrics. “Song lyrics are endlessly interpretable,” he writes, “but, once you accept U2’s religiosity, previously opaque or anodyne songs turn out to be full of ideas and force.” The song “With or Without You” emerges as a meditation on the tough demands of authentic faith. “Until the End of the World” is a love song to Jesus sung by a remorseful Judas.
“The Church of U2,” by Joshua Rothman. The New Yorker, September 16, 2014.