Bob Dylan: Christian (Again)?

From Bob Dylan’s recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, after being asked about the “plagiarism” of not acknowledging musical sources:

“It’s part of the tradition,” Dylan replied. “It goes way back. These are the same people that tried to pin the name Judas on me. Judas, the most hated name in human history! If you think you’ve been called a bad name, try to work your way out from under that. Yeah, and for what? For playing an electric guitar? As if that is in some kind of way equitable to betraying our Lord and delivering him up to be crucified.”

Wow. Never know which way he’ll move.

Also interesting for his adamant resistance to the interviewer’s entreaties to Dylan to endorse Obama.

With regard to religion, Dylan bounces back and forth between Judaism and Christianity, with perhaps periods of agnosticism in between. But I think he’s pretty stable in his politics.

didn’t he dable in orthodox Judiasm?

He did speak with the late Rebbe Menachem Schneerson, the leader of the Chabad-Lubavitch Hassidic movement. Whether Dylan actually became Orthodox Jewish, I don’t know.

Dylan’s two-line dismissal of Buddhism always appealed to me:

But I don’t think it’s liable to happen
Like the sound of one hand clapping

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