Faith Improvised

U2’s 2004 album “How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb” ends with “Yahweh,” which contains several Advent themes.  It’s a prayer of self-dedication that names the world’s broken condition and looks forward to God’s coming redemption.

The album has a Scriptural shape, as does its predecessor, released in 2001, “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.”  Both albums are meditations on life after the fall.

“All That You Can’t Leave Behind” ponders the dynamics of grace at work in a broken world.  The album’s opening and closing songs (“Beautiful Day” and “Grace”) form an inclusio highlighting this theme.

“How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb,” on the other hand, begins with “Vertigo,” which considers the confused state of creation and our bewildering experience in it.  Even though the human is shattered, however, we are inexorably drawn toward some sort of eschatological…

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