Is Bono of U2 a Christian?

U2 Lead Singer Discusses His Faith in Christ

Is Bono a Christian?
Bono and members of U2 pay their respects near the scene of Bataclan Theatre terrorist attack on November 14, 2015 in Paris, France. Jeff J Mitchell / Getty Images

Is Bono, the lead singer of the rock group U2, a Christian?

Over the years, skeptics and believers--and visitors of this site--have enjoyed discussing and debating the answer to this question.

A Reader Responds: Is Bono a Christian?

One Bono believer, Randy, wrote (2012):

"Those of us who question this man’s faith are dogmatic and narrow-minded Christians that have Americanized short-sided blinders on. I only wish I had the courage and boldness to go on the world’s stage and speak out and live in the way Bono truly exemplifies his Savior."

A Bono skeptic, Enrique said (2009):

"Mmm… Bono may be a Christian, but that’s what I call a 'Bubble Christian.' He may know the material, but he does not believe in it ... this is some kind of BAD TESTIMONY he is giving, 'Salty Language?' "

Bono Answers the Question: 'Who Is Jesus?'

In a 2014 interview with Charisma News, Bono openly discussed his faith in Jesus Christ:

"The person of Christ is my way to understand God...He was crucified because he said he was the Son of God. So, he either, in my view, was the Son of God, or he was...nuts."

When asked, "What or who was Jesus?" Bono said:

"I think it's a defining question for a Christian...And I don't think you are let off easily by saying he was a great thinker or a great philosopher...Because actually, he went round saying he was the Messiah."

Bono continued:

"I find it hard to accept that all the millions and millions of lives, half the earth, in 2000 years have...felt their lives touched and inspired by some nutter. I just, I don't believe it."

During the interview, Bono firmly stated his belief in Christ's divinity and that Jesus rose from the dead. "I have no problem with miracles," he said. "I'm living around them. I am one."

Bono explained that he and his wife read the Scriptures and pray with their kids to the risen Jesus: "I pray to get to know the will of God," he said.

"Because then the prayers have more chance of coming true."

Bono Talks About King David

In an interview with Jim Daly of Focus on the Family (2013), Bono spoke about his fondness for King David:

"First of all, David's a musician, so I'm gonna like him. ... And what's so powerful about the Psalms are, as well as their being Gospel and songs of praise, they are also the Blues. It's very important for Christians to be honest with God, which often, you know, God is much more interested in who you are than who you want to be."

Bono the Humanitarian

Lead singer of one of the most popular rock bands in recent decades, Bono is also a devoted humanitarian, leading causes to end poverty, hunger, AIDS and Third World debt. As a performer he has the uncanny ability to connect with his audience and as an activist he endeavors to make the world a better place.

More of Bono's Own Words

Though he may not fit the typical Christian mold, you can read Bono's confession of salvation by grace--not karma--in this 2005 article by World Magazine.

Like many Christians, you may remain a skeptic about Bono's faith, but there's no doubt people will continue to love talking about Bono.