For many fans, listening to Bruce Springsteen can be spiritual, that certainly includes a religion professor at Rutgers University. He's introduced a one credit course exploring religious references in The Boss's songwriting. The professor says it's important to understand the broader context of a writer's work. Some of the Biblical references in the music he says are subtle, others not.
(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, JESUS WAS AN ONLY SON)
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: (Singing) Well, Jesus was an only son.
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