The most remarkable aspect of Bruce Springsteen’s performance at the 2018 Tony Awards wasn’t what he said or that he said it, but the unanimous acclaim with which it was greeted by both the assembled audience and those who viewed it at home. As I noted in my August column, the story of faith, family, and place that Springsteen told was by no means remarkable, except in the fact that such stories are less lived today than in his childhood, and even less often told.
Yet such stories continue to speak to the human heart, including hearts damaged by pride and greed and lust. And that speaks to the truth of the Gospel, of the history of salvation, including the story of Creation and of the Fall. God looked upon His Creation, including man, and saw that it was good—and then we chose to become as gods, and obscured the image of God in our souls.
Obscured, but not erased, because that was not in the power of man to do. We could not wipe out all that was good through our sin, because that would have meant the annihilation of Creation. As long as man continues to exist, there must be good within him, because he did not create himself and is incapable of fully corrupting what God has made.
There was a time, back in the most heady days of the Renaissance, when one could reasonably say...