Theology Culture and U2 course updates

Tim from Fresno Pacific is playing catch up with descriptions of the sessions of his U2 course last semester. First up this weekend is session 5, Innocence and Idealism: Boy, October, War. This session features reflections on songs from U2's first three albums, along with material on U2's formative sense of mission as evidenced in citations from the 1981 Ghettout retreat where Bono, The Edge, and Larry Mullen gave a presentation to a group of Christian musicians.

Second up is, not surprisingly, session 6, Into the Arms of America: Under a Blood Red Sky, Unforgettable Fire, Joshua Tree, highlighting the band's growing love/hate relationship with the USA. Tim reports that "'Bullet' was particularly meaningful because Dr. Mark Baker came into class to discuss his time in Honduras and El Salvador in the mid-80s, and his personal reaction to this song and the band."

As before, presentation notes and PowerPoints are available on Tim's blog.

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