In an interesting and compelling new short film entitled The Psalms, U2 frontman Bono–an outspoken Christian–talks about his thoughts on Christian music. In reality, this short film documents the friendship between Bono and Eugene Peterson (the author of a contemporary-language Bible translation entitled The Message: The Bible In Contemporary Language (2002)) and it mainly revolves around their common interest in the Psalms. Based on interviews conducted by Fuller Seminary faculty member David Taylor and produced in association with Fourth Line Films, the film highlights in particular a conversation on the Psalms that took place between Bono, Peterson, and Taylor at Peterson’s Montana home.
Editor’s Note: Biblically speaking, the book of Psalms (found in the Old Testament) are broken into 5 books. Essentially, a Psalm is Hebrew poetry and there are 150 Psalms in the Bible with the most popular probably being Psalm 23 (it begins with “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want….”). What makes the Psalms distinct is that the form of poetry found there is not the same that we see in English poetry because there is no rhyme, meter, or cadence that many are used to when reading poetry. In fact, the Psalms utilize parallelism, meaning there is a balance within one or more sentences of similar phrases or clauses that have the same grammatical construction.
The point of the film–which is even more compelling in a world restrained by political correctness–is that honesty (particularly in Christian music) should be the creative driving force to our arts and even more essentially, to our common form of communication and expression, personal relations, and, our understanding of life. (Editor’s Note: How refreshing). Indeed, the conversation between Bono and Peterson alone is worth the price of admission. Bono talks of the pursuit of “brutal honesty” and Peterson matches serve noting a general “lack of realism” which sparked his journey into a deeper understanding of the Psalms.
The film is compelling and don’t be fooled by a “rock star meets theologian” spin. There is a lot going on here if you really listen and think about it. Check it out:
A fascinating view indeed and a must watch. Honestly, it is.
Ken “K Bo” Biedzynski, Editor