Title

Calhoun, Scott (ed.) 2018. U2 and the Religious Impulse (Book Review)

Department

Christian Studies

Document Type

Book Review

Publication Date

11-2020

Abstract

U2 and the Religious Impulse, edited by Scott Calhoun, Professor of English at Cedarville University, USA, is a collection of multidisciplinary essays considering the Irish rock band U2 and the enduring spiritual influence it has on fans. The aim of this book is to address new questions: “why the religious impulse in fans is so satisfyingly met by U2... and why a broader group of religiously inclined fans are interested in U2” (p. 6). Calhoun has gathered an impressive group of scholars from a variety of fields including literature, theology, music, ethics, history, and political science, all providing excellent, thought-provoking essays. While all of the contributors share an interest in popular culture, several profess lifelong U2 fandom.

Publication Title

Fieldwork in Religion

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2020 Equinox Publishing Ltd.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1558/firn.18365

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