There’s a certain spiritual quality to Bono’s presence. It’s existed onstage and in the lyrics of U2 for decades, and in a recent talk with acclaimed author Eugene H. Peterson, this side of his personality took a scholarly turn.
Back in 2002, Peterson released a contemporary-language version of Bible called The Message, which, according to the video below, has been printed 17 million times. Bono was deeply inspired by one of those copies, and sought out the American scholar to discuss their mutual appreciation of the Psalms. He first expressed his admiration for Peterson in a 2002 video message, and last year, he made it out to his Montana home for a face-to-face philosophical conversation.