My Interview With Moby

February 19, 2013

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In June 1995, I found myself hanging out with Moby in the back of his tour bus, parked outside of First Avenue in downtown Minneapolis. He was in the middle of his headlining tour for Everything Is Wrong, which was named “Album of the Year” by Spin magazine. And he talked to me about his “ambiguous” faith in Jesus Christ.

Re-reading that interview 18 years later, I’m struck by how much his “liberal Christian” faith then resembles my progressive faith now. I’ve evolved. I’ve changed. And I wonder where Moby is at these days, if he’s entered the ranks of the atheist and agnostic, like so many of my other post-conservative and post-liberal friends. Or maybe he’s still holding on in some way. Maybe I’ll look him up and find a way to get back in touch.

Download my 1995 interview with Moby

5 thoughts on “My Interview With Moby

  1. As of 2007, according to this audio and this text interview in Sojourners, Moby is still ambiguously Jesus-y. You should totally do a followup interview!

    I think you raise an excellent point in (what I’m reading as) your ambivalence at now being where Moby was at in 1995. It’s cool and all – more evolved we would say – and yet, aren’t the fundamentalists right in a sense? Isn’t all of this emergence, in actual fact, the “slippery slope” to the end of faith for so many?

    What a journey…

  2. It would be great to know that the slippery slope isn’t inevitable. As someone on the journey I don’t want to end without hope or meaning. Any thoughts mike or Steve for someone in that road?

  3. Andrew,

    No, I don’t think it’s inevitable. I’m still holding onto hope and faith, so it’s possible 😉

    I think there’s a growing number of people who are choosing to self-identify as either atheist or agnostic, simply because the baggage of Christianity (Christendom) is too much for them to carry. Some are throwing the baby (Jesus) out with the bathwater (Christianity), in my opinion. But it doesn’t have to be that way.

    It’s not just a small matter of semantics to say “I’m a follower of Jesus,” rather than “I’m a Christian.” It is a meaningful distinction that’s worth making. I want to be a disciple of Jesus, not a card-carrying member of a religion. There are millions of Christians in the world. How many (of us) are truly following Jesus? I think that’s still the challenge: to follow Christ wherever his Gospel of the kingdom of God takes us.

    Blessings on your journey! Please keep in touch.

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