The Man in Gray

Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction
Christianity and the Battle for the Soul of a Nation
Rodney Clapp
Westminster John Knox Press, $16.95, 192 pp.

When the editors of Relevant, a magazine for Evangelical hipsters, spun off a series of spiritual biographies of musicians a few years ago, they went straight for the most problematic Christians they could find: Bob Dylan, whose dalliance with Jesus in the 1970s was hot, heavy, and apparently short-lived; the Irish rock group U2, whose lead singer Bono flirts constantly with believing fans in his lyrics and coy statements about his faith (“I’m a fan, but I’m...

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Paul O’Donnell is a freelance reporter who often writes about religion and pop culture.