Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

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Magazine article Sojourners Magazine

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The American soldier who narrates the title track captures this resignation perfectly. Even though everyone wants to take a righteous stand, the soldier admits he doesn't know who to trust. "I've got my finger on the trigger," he repeats, but the statement is more of a plea than a threat, because "tonight faith just ain't enough." Absent is the pretense that we might be able to change our rates in a world that seems to have scripted our lives. All that remains inside us are "devils and dust."

THE PRINCIPALITIES and powers in 2005 don't feel much different than they did in 1975 or 1982. Springsteen continues to narrate our nation's story by uncovering the cumulative effect of life in the wilderness. After decades of dreams and resistance, the problems seem as insurmountable as ever.

As Christians, we claim hope over desperation and life over death. This is an album about that choice. The few upbeat and hopeful voices on Devils & Dust don't dream of exacting revenge on the authority figures who have held them back. …

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