Rutgers University Offers Class Exploring Bruce Springsteen's Religious Themes

New Jersey's Rutgers University is offering a course called "Bruce Springsteen's Theology," from professor Azzan Yadin-Israel, a professor of Jewish Studies and Classics, who also happens to be a big fan of the Boss.

"On a literary level, Springsteen often recasts biblical figures and stories into the American landscape," Yadin-Israel told Rutgers Today, citing songs like "Adam Raised a Cain," "Into the Fire" and "The Promised Land."

The one credit class is part of Rutgers' Byrne Seminars for first year students.

"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," he added.

The Boss was raised a Roman Catholic.

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