On the first leg of his European tour in 2013, in Oslo, he was seen wearing an earring in the shape of a cross.
"It's like Al Pacino in 'The Godfather:' I try to get out but they pull you back in! Once a Catholic, always a Catholic. I attended Catholic school from the age of 5 until 18. I got brainwashed as a child with Catholicism.”
But Springsteen said he did not mean this in a purely negative sense.
For a child this is a very poetic, dramatic and spectacular world.
After hearing him sing and talk about this again and again in his songs and interviews, Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, announced it was launching the first university course ever in Springsteenian theology.
As of next year, students enrolling at the university will be able to sign up for Professor Azzan Yadin-Israel’s course, which will cover the “Boss’s” relationship with God, from Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973) to Wrecking Ball (2012).
“Theologically, I would say the most dominant motifs are redemption - crossing the desert and entering the Promised Land - and the sanctity of the everyday. Springsteen tries to drag the power of religious symbols that are usually relegated to some transcendent reality into our lived world. In his later albums he also writes very openly about faith. In his later albums he also writes very openly about faith,” said Yadin-Israel, an associate professor of Jewish studies and classics who usually teaches Rabbinic literature but also strongly believes in Springsteen, whom he has felt an appreciation for since middle school.