The question has long raged in Christian circles – Is Bono a Christian? Sure, he says he is, but is he “really.” I think this interview answers that question pretty emphatically.

Bono basically explains the difference between Christianity and every other world religion as “the difference between Grace and Karma.”

He speaks of relying on the fact that “Jesus took [his] sins onto the Cross” for salvation and entrance into heaven, not on his “own religiousity.”

The interviewer becomes somewhat enamoured with the concept, but holds that the idea of Christ being the Son of God is a little “farfetched.” Bono then explains that Jesus told everyone that He was not a prophet or a teacher, but that He was “the Messiah” and “God incarnate.”

He brings it back to a simplified version of C.S. Lewis’ Liar, Lunatic or Lord argument by stating that Jesus was who he said he was or “a complete nutcase.” He ends his defense of Christ’s deity with this:

The idea that the entire course of civilization for over half of the globe could have its fate changed and turned upside-down by a nutcase, for me that’s farfetched.

Whether you like his politics or his music, the Gospel according to Bono sounds a lot like the Gospel according to the Bible.