Bono and Eugene Peterson Discuss the Psalms in New Film

Pasadena, CA–April 26, 2016

Fuller Theological Seminary today premiered the short film, Bono & Eugene Peterson: The Psalms. This 21-minute documentary highlights the unique relationship between U2 lead singer Bono and Eugene Peterson, renowned author of The Message, and their common appreciation of the Psalms.


Bono and Eugene Peterson at the Peterson home in Montana

Bono first endorsed Eugene Peterson’s popular paraphrase of the Bible in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine in 2002. Bono says The Message “has been a great strength to me,” and frequently opens his concerts by reading Peterson’s version of Psalm 116. Peterson and Bono met for the first time in 2009 in Dallas during U2’s 360 tour. In 2015, the two met again at Peterson’s home on Flathead Lake in Montana, where David Taylor, associate professor of theology and culture at Fuller Theological Seminary, moderated an afternoon of intimate discussion.

“I am delighted this conversation took place, if only to get more people reading, singing and interacting with the rawness of the Psalms,” said Alive Literary Agency President Rick Christian, who has represented Peterson for over 25 years. “Every plot point of any novel or movie, every question we’ve ever blurted at God, every emotion that’s erupted inside—they’re all boldly captured in this very human collection of journal entries, songs and poems. Eugene’s and Bono’s discussion highlights the on-the-nose transparency of Psalms and how refreshing that is in a culture that conditions us to be nice, to stuff emotion. The take-away is that God is perfectly content with us probing, poking, shouting and otherwise sorting out the reality of our lives under heaven.”

To view the film in its entirety, click here.

Fuller Seminary, the largest multi-denominational seminary in the world, provides professional, graduate-level education through its schools of theology, psychology, and intercultural studies. With its main campus near Old Town Pasadena, CA, and several regional campuses and online programs, Fuller serves 4,000 students from 90 countries and 110 denominations.

Alive Literary Agency is located in Colorado Springs, CO, and best known for its mega-selling franchises and expanding work in film and television. Best-sellers include Todd Burpo’s Heaven is for Real (12 million copies), Karen Kingsbury’s novels (25 million copies); the Left Behind series (nearly 70 million copies); Eugene Peterson’s The Message (20 million copies); Lisa Beamer’s post 9-11 Let’s Roll! (1.5 million copies), and Steve Arterburn and Dave Stoop’s Life Recovery Bible (2.5 million copies). Books represented by Alive have sold more than 250 million copies since its founding by Rick Christian in 1989. Other authors and organizations Alive proudly serves include Marie Goff, Henri Nouwen Trust, Melanie Shankle, Brian Welch, She Reads Truth, Nick Hall, Brennan Manning, Michael Hyatt, (in)courage, Lynn Vincent, Ray Johnston, Jamie Blaine, and Anne Graham Lotz.